Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery). More youthful looking Eyes

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes.  During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance.  The eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).

When to Consider an Eyelid Surgery:
  • Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
  • Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
  • A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.

The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes and should leave no visible scarring.  The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin.  Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles.  In some instances, laser technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas.  Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.

The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is performed in the physician’s office.  If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.

Recovery Process

Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Pain can be treated with oral medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery.  The healing process for this procedure is slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long lasting.  Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.

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