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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
As we age, problems with vision can begin to occur. Although these problems often pertain to the eye itself, in some cases the problem may be caused by the eyelids stretching and the muscles surrounding the eyelids weakening. These issues, which can be addressed effectively through a form of eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty, involve the skin dripping above or below the eyelids, creating the appearance of aging at best, and impaired vision at worst.
The condition of sagging or dripping eyelids is referred to as Ptosis. With this condition, the eyelids sag downward, interfering with the person’s peripheral vision. The excessive skin blocks this field of vision and can prevent an individual from safely driving a vehicle or performing other routine tasks.
Although other treatments may be helpful, blepharoplasty may be the perfect solution in many cases. Also referred to as uneven eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery, this procedure can restore a more youthful appearance as well as the individual’s field of vision if it is obstructed.
Most patients can return home a few hours after the procedure is complete. The recovery time is often based on if a person remained awake during the procedure by choosing a local anesthesia or if they were asleep during the procedure using general anesthesia. Both options are available.
Patients generally recover from eyelids surgery within several weeks. Stitches are removed within 2 to 7 days of the procedure. It is important to get plenty of rest during the first week after the surgery. The swelling and redness which is common after a Blepharoplasty should dissipate with time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Blepharoplasty refers to eyelid surgery which is designed to remove the excess fat, along with skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids. It is the second most common cosmetic procedure performed with about 50,000 persons having the procedure in the United States each year.
Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids which can hang down and interfere with peripheral vision. By removing the excess wrinkled skin, blepharoplasty “opens up” the eyes and gives the face a fresher, brighter, and more youthful and rested appearance.
Eyelid surgery is very successful in patients who have been properly educated and have reasonable expectations. Realistic expectation on the part of the patient is critical to success. Sagging tissue of the eyelids and bulging fat pads can certainly be removed.
No, the blepharoplasty surgery will not be able to achieve all of this. As the skin tightens, many wrinkles go away. Some fine ones may not. Dark circles under the eyes may improve a bit if this is related to large bags, but most often the dark appearance of the lower eyelid skin remains.
A natural part of the aging process is the development of wrinkles, often around the eyes. Skin around the eyes also becomes less elastic, resulting in droopy eyelids. Sometimes this happens at an early age. You may start working your forehead muscles harder in an effort to lift your drooping eyelids. This may cause brow aches and fatigue. If you are having these symptoms, or simply do not like the way your eyelids appear, you may be a candidate for a blepharoplasty.
Yes. It should be noted that a significant number of men and women of all ages elect to have blepharoplasty to achieve a more youthful look and for more comfortable positioning of the eyelid skin.
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