When we get older, the eyelids often develop “puffiness” and excess skin. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin, fat and tissue of the upper and lower eyelids. As well as sagging eyelids, the procedure can be performed to correct upper or lower drooping lids. For younger patients, excess fat on the lower eyelids can be removed through an inconspicuous inside cut. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that offers numerous cosmetic benefits. However, it won’t eliminate dark circles or crows feet. For a fuller rejuvenation, this procedure is frequently combined with a forehead lift. The blepharoplasty is sometimes combined with the facelift – important link.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeons spend an average of 45 to 60 minutes obtaining medical histories, inspecting you and discussing with you in detail, your concerns, observations, and recommendations. As well as eyelid shape and appearance, forehead and brow contours are also assessed. Sometimes a lift of the brow is suggested in order to optimize upper eyelid appearance, as well as brow, forehead, and brow. The endoscope is used by the surgeon to perform the procedure.
The only place where eyelid surgery can be done is in an accredited surgical facility. A combination of intravenous and local anesthetics is often used as the method for anesthesia. If the procedure will be performed with a browlift or facelift, a general anesthesia, administered by anesthesiologists who are board certified, is usually used.
During the procedure the excess skin beneath is removed, along with the fat. Incisions are made below the eyelash line, and an internal or external incision may be performed to remove lower lid skin.
The local anesthesia used at the time of surgery is managed by oral analgesia, whereas post-operative pain can be reduced using a cold mask and analgesics. The sutures are removed from the 5th-7th day post surgery. The swelling and bruising that occurs after an operation is common. It will disappear in 10 to 14 day. Makeup may be applied one week after surgery, but strenuous physical activity should not be done for a full month. You should avoid driving until you are free of pain.
In general, the patient is able to go home that same day. A responsible adult will need to stay overnight with the patient. In general, patients undergoing the procedure as part of a browlift/facelift stay for one or two nights in a postoperative facility. After the procedure, it is not recommended to engage in any strenuous exercise for two weeks. Many patients will notice a noticeable improvement to their appearance within 5-7 days, even though it can take up to 2 weeks before the majority of the swelling has subsided. Two weeks after the initial swelling and bruising, most patients will feel rested.