Blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that removes excess skin from the eyelids. Over time, the eyelids stretch, and the muscles that support them weaken. Excess skin and fat accumulate above and below the eyelids, making the eyes look droopy.

Read on to discover how drooping eyelids affect your health, the benefits of eyelid surgery, and where you should go for treatment. 

Eyelid surgery fixes impaired vision

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic treatment for excess, loose, and sagging skin around the eyes. It helps improve your overall appearance by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. It also corrects impaired vision due to sagging skin. Many patients undergo blepharoplasty to rejuvenate their appearance and improve skin conditions that result from unhealthy skin and eyes. 

woman before and after blepharoplasty

The results can last a lifetime

The results vary with each patient, but most procedures will last for years and decades. The aging process may change the appearance of the upper eyelids, but the effects of eyelid surgery may be permanent.

You can have blepharoplasty on either or both of the upper or lower eyelids. The surgery could last one to two hours. You will receive a jab of local anesthesia to keep you from feeling any pain. Some surgeons may advise intravenous sedation in certain situations.

It takes four weeks to see results

Recovery time after eyelid surgery depends on the patient’s general medical health. Complete healing takes up to four weeks. By that time, the surgeon will remove the stitches from your eyelids. You will also start seeing improvements at this time.

Follow these safety tips to ensure the best results of your treatment:

⦿ Do not wear makeup for about four weeks after surgery

⦿ Avoid direct sunlight and dust around the eyes

⦿ Avoid intense activities for 3 to 4 weeks

⦿ Wear sunglasses regularly for four weeks

⦿ Apply eye drops, ice, and any prescribed medication

⦿ Avoid swimming and abrupt eye movements

You can go home right after surgery

Patients are usually discharged a few hours after surgery. The doctor may also prescribe some medications to treat minor pain and swelling, which could last up to two weeks. 

The stitches will remain on your eyelids for 4 to 5 weeks after surgery. Take note of the following conditions as you are recovering from blepharoplasty, and consult with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

⦿ Abnormal tears

⦿ Numbness

⦿ Photosensitivity

⦿ Double vision 

⦿ Black eye

There is no age limit for blepharoplasty

Anyone with sagging skin around their eyes may get the treatment. If droopy eyelids cause problems with your vision, you should consider getting eyelid surgery. Patients who want eyelid surgery must be healthy and free of underlying medical conditions. If you have bags under your eyes or wrinkles on the upper eyelids, you are a likely candidate for blepharoplasty. 

Elite Plastic Surgery offers eyelid surgery

Most people go through blepharoplasty to improve their looks. They want to get rid of loose, sagging skin around their eyes and restore their youthful appearance. 

Eyelid surgery is one of the many services offered at Elite Plastic Surgery. Our expert surgeons will discuss the best treatment for your situation. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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