The signs of aging may appear on the face in all shapes and sizes. For some, they appear as wrinkles and for others, they may appear as sagging skin in various regions of the face, especially the eyes.
Having droopy eyelids can make you look much older and more tired than you actually are. It’s a problem that many people have to deal with. It may cause you to feel insecure about your looks and lose your confidence. With a blepharoplasty, however, you can tighten drooping eyelids.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can be used to correct drooping and dull eyelids. This can be done either for cosmetic correction or for functional purposes. For rare cases where the eyelids droop so much that their field of vision is affected, a medical blepharoplasty is performed to improve one’s vision. This is also done if the drooping skin on the eyelids cause irritation and discomfort.
Cosmetic blepharoplasty is done in those cases where aging causes saggy eyelids. This might generally be accompanied by dropping eyebrows and forehead wrinkles as well. In some rare cases, droopy eyelids occur due to hereditary changes in the body.
What To Expect During A Blepharoplasty
This is a minor surgery and a it will not involve the risks associated with general anesthesia. Generally a local anesthetic is all that is required. Then comes the actual incisions. The positions where the incisions are usually made are the upper eyelid crease, below the lower eyelid, or very close to the eyelashes.
The strategic placement of the incisions will help keep any post-surgical marks nearly invisible. Through the incision, your surgeon will gain access to the muscles and underlying skin tissues to make the necessary corrections.
Your surgeon will meticulously remove all the excess fat that is causing the eyelids to droop. Based on the length of the incision made, your surgeon will either utilize sutures or adhesives to close them. The amount of tissue removed will vary from one patient to another. The overall time taken for the procedure might be around one to three hours.
What To Expect After The Surgery?
Even though this is a surgical process, there aren’t many risks associated with the procedure. You may experience minor swelling on the first day after the surgery, but this should subside quickly. For the first few days, your doctor may recommend applying cold packs to the eyelid. This is to address the pain and inflammation. This will also help relieve any bruising that occurs as well.
Two days after the surgery, you might be asked to switch to a heat compress to help the incisions heal better. Your doctor may also prescribe pain killers for the first few days to help ease any potential discomfort. Within a few weeks, you will start to notice your eye heal slowly. During this period, wearing eye makeup and contact lenses will have to be avoided.
Once you notice a reduction in the swelling and redness, you can talk to your surgeon about wearing contacts or makeup again. You will start to notice more significant results four to six weeks after the surgery.
Contact Our Office
Contact our office if you’re interested in learning more about the blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Steve Byrd, a board-certified plastic surgeon, will talk to you about the procedure and answer any of the questions you have about it.