Blepharoplasty is the surgical procedure to improve and correct the effects of aging or genetic changes of the eyelids. This surgery will restore the natural appearance of the periorbital region, the area surrounding the eyes, giving it a natural contour and rested look.
Blepharoplasty can improve specific areas of the eyes such as loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelid. This can make it difficult to use makeup, and sometimes in more severe cases, it can impair your vision. Loose or sagging skin can make you look tired and sad. Another frequent concern of patients is the fatty pouches that appear as puffiness in the eyelids. This also contributes to appearing tired.
In addition to cosmetic changes, blepharoplasty can also correct changes that affect the functioning of the eyelids such as:
- Drooping lower eyelids, which cause sagging and difficulty in lubricating and protecting the eyes
- Droopy upper eyelid, known as eyelid ptosis, which makes it impossible or difficult for ocular opening.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
You do not have to be a certain age for the blepharoplasty procedure. It will depend on genetic factors and your lifestyle.
Factors such as smoking and sun exposure can be harmful.
Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other procedures. Such as face surgery or rhinoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is performed in a hospital setting using local anesthesia and sedation. Surgery is usually in the morning, and by the afternoon the patient is discharged.
The average duration is 1 hour, but it may vary depending on the complexity of the case.
Eyelid surgery recovery
Soon after the procedure, it is important to use ice packs for the first 48-72 hours, during the time in which the patient should be resting. Physical activities should be avoided for at least 15 days as well as sun exposure for 2 months or until ecchymosis, bruising, subsides.
Follow-up visits should be made as advised by your plastic surgeon.
How long will the results last?
It is not possible to predict the durability of a blepharoplasty result. The result will depend on several individual factors, which varies from patient to patient. For example: genetic factors, lifestyle, and skin care.
The combination of dermatological procedures and proper skin care is important to maintain post-surgery results.