What is a blepharoplasty?
One of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures, blepharoplasty—or eyelid surgery—involves removing drooping skin from the upper lids and excess fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Benefits include:
- Decreases bagginess or puffiness under the eyes
- Brightens “tired” appearance
- Minimizes dark circles under the eyes
- Lifts excess skin that may impair vision
Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Individuals in good overall health who notice loose, sagging skin above or below the eyes can usually be considered good candidates for blepharoplasty. The signs of aging and the effects of gravity, especially in the area around the eyes, can lead to sagging of the upper eyelid skin and bagginess of the lower eyelids. The inelastic skin often creates a “tired” or “angry” appearance or may make a person look older than they actually are.
What Are the Different Types of Eyelid Surgery?
Depending on your individual concerns, Rejuvene can help you determine which type of eyelid surgery is right for you. Some patients may even find they can benefit from a combination of both upper and lower blepharoplasty.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
- Upper blepharoplasty addresses loose, hanging skin around the upper eyelid area, as well as any excess fat. This procedure can be employed to correct obstructed vision, and frequently helps patients achieve a happier, more youthful appearance.
- Lower eyelid surgery is designed to reduce or eliminate the appearance of bags, puffiness, and/or sagging skin below the eyes. Results of this procedure typically provide patients with a more rested and rejuvenated appearance.
What is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?Following eyelid surgery, some swelling and bruising is to be expected, but should mostly fade within approximately 7-10 days. We recommend consistent use of cold compresses around the eyes within the first few days after surgery to help reduce swelling. Any bruising can usually be concealed with makeup until it resolves. Based on your individual case, you will be provided with personalized aftercare instructions, including information about how soon you can expect to resume your daily schedule. Most patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least four weeks after surgery, but some patients may be able to return to work, school, or other low-impact routines as soon as a few days after surgery, depending on their specific treatment plan.
Eyelid surgery risksCosmetic eye surgery is typically safe, but as with any surgery, risks include infection, bleeding, or scarring. To avoid these, follow your care team’s pre- and post-operative instructions, and keep an open dialogue about any concerns you have throughout the recovery process. Potential complications specific to eyelid surgery are rare and minor, but include:
- Blurred vision for several days
- Slight imbalance
- Ectropion (a more serious but treatable issue that occurs when the lower lid pulls outward)