Overhauling Your Look

Everything You Need To Know About Blepharoplasty

Is blepharoplasty the right cosmetic procedure for you? In 2020 there were more than 325,100 eyelid procedures done in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you want to learn more about this popular pick, take a look at what you need to know about eyelid plastic surgery and your options. 

What Is A Blepharoplasty Procedure?

Also known as an eyelid plastic surgery procedure, blepharoplasty can change the way your eyes look. If you have droopy upper eyelids or excessively baggy lower lids, this procedure can remove excess skin, tighten the eye area, and freshen your face. A skilled surgeon will make facial incisions (or cuts) to remove the extra, sagging, or bagging skin. The surgeon will then close the incisions, tightening either the upper or lower lids. 

Why Choose This Procedure?

Again, eyelid surgery can correct drooping and remove excess skin from either the top or bottom lid areas. Decreased age-related collagen production can cause the eyelids (and other areas of the face) to sag and bag. This can create folds in the eye area that change your facial appearance or could even interfere with your vision. Along with decreased collagen production, thinning skin in the under-eye area can cause bulges and bags. An eyelid surgery can correct these issues and restore both your youthful appearance and your eyesight. 

Where Can You Get This Procedure?

A blepharoplasty procedure is a surgical operation. This means you can't get this procedure at a spa or from a non-medical provider. You will need to choose a specialized plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with eyelid surgeries. Procedures are usually done in outpatient surgical centers or hospitals. Even though you will go into an operating room for the procedure, you won't need to stay in a hospital overnight. This type of cosmetic surgery is done on an outpatient basis. 

How Long Is Recovery?

Like other types of surgery, an eyelid procedure will also have at least some recovery time. You may have some bruising, swelling, pain, or discomfort at the surgical site in the days after the procedure. The surgeon will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow. These will include icing the surgical area when to use eye drops, which pain relievers to take, and how soon you can return to exercise or other daily normal activities. 

As your eyelid area heals, the swelling and pain will gradually disappear. You will notice a tighter, firmer look in the area and may have a more youthful appearance.