Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, and is done in order to improve the general appearance of “tired” eyes, or reduce eye bags and wrinkles. Fat deposits on the eyelids are repositioned in order to achieve a more rested and alert look. Surgery takes about 2 hours and is performed using sedation and local anesthesia.
Additionally, there is double eyelid surgery, which creates a double eyelid in people who naturally have monolids. This is a common surgery in Asia.
Who is a candidate?
Candidates for blepharoplasty are physically healthy. They should be realistic about the range of cosmetic outcomes that are made possible by eyelid surgery. Sometimes, the cause of a droopy eye appearance is due to relaxed forehead skin and eyebrow, and may require another procedure to achieve the desired appearance.
Who is not a candidate?
Candidates with serious eye conditions are not candidates for blepharoplasty. Additionally, those who smoke or have serious conditions that interfere with the regular healing process should not heavily consider eyelid surgery.
Like other procedures, a blepharoplasty requires certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing, medications, and cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Immediately after the procedure, lubricating ointment and a cold compress may be applied to your eyes. Gauze may be applied to the site. Although there may be swelling, bruising, irritation or eye dryness, these are usually controllable with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Your surgeon will give you follow-up care or instructions. Recovery time is about 5 to 7 days.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help prevent postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to minimize their appearance.
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