With aging, fat tends to build up around the eyes, and underlying supportive muscles in the area around the eyes become weak and get stretched. As a result, the eyebrows as well as the upper eyelids sag, making you look older than you are. These changes can even obstruct peripheral vision. Cosmetic eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can restore a youthful appearance by resolving these issues. The procedure involves removing excess skin, fat, and lax muscle from the area around the eyes and can address the following conditions:
- Excess fatty deposits that causes puffiness
- Loose or sagging skin that impairs vision
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
How Eyelid Surgery is Performed
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the entire area around the eyes and its relationship with the rest of facial structures. This is important for a balanced and attractive outcome. The patient’s medical history will also be examined. Based on individual requirements and goals, the surgeon will discuss the procedure to rejuvenate the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.
The incisions are usually made in the natural folds of the eyelid so that they remain hidden. Fat is removed or repositioned and excess skin and muscles is removed to provide youthful appearance. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.
This surgery is usually done in an outpatient setting, though general anesthesia may be used if necessary. Some swelling, bruising, irritation and discomfort is typical in the initial stage of healing process, which can be managed by taking the prescribed medications.. Following the surgery, it would be best to keep the head elevated for a few days to reduce swelling. Cold compresses can also be applied to reduce pain.
In most cases, patients resume work and normal activity a week after the surgery. The final results will appear after a few weeks – smooth, better-defined eyelid contour, expanded visual field, and a rejuvenated facial appearance. The ideal candidates for this procedure are those who are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations about the outcome.
There are many benefits of undergoing this surgery at a reliable practice:
- Minimal risk of bleeding and bruising
- Minimal side effects and discomfort
- Less scarring and bruising
- Lower risk of infection and complications
- Faster recovery
- Superior follow-up
Procedures to resolve drooping upper and lower eyelids are often performed in conjunction with an eyebrow lift, face lift, or laser skin resurfacing.
All cosmetic surgical procedures come with some uncertainty and risks. Upper and lower blepharoplasty is a delicate surgical procedure and when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, complications are uncommon and usually negligible. Having the treatment in an AAAASF-accredited surgical practice is important for safe procedures in keeping with the highest standards.