What is Blepharoplasty?

Published July 9

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. The procedure can be done on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. Eyelid surgery can revitalize the area surrounding your eyes. 

According to The Facial Place Medispa, the surgery can correct:

  • Improve the natural contour of the upper eyelid to prevent impaired vision. 
  • Puffiness in the eyelids due to fatty deposits
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids to avoid the white below the iris
  • Fine wrinkles and excess skin of the lower eyelid

Everyone is the right candidate for eyelid surgery as long as they are in good health. The majority of patients are people 35 years or older, but if you have baggy eyelids, you can do the procedure sooner. 

Blepharoplasty can improve your look and boost your self-esteem. Please take notice that it does not alter your facial structure, so you need to have realistic expectations. Make sure to talk to your surgeon about your goals to decide if eyelid surgery is for you. 

It is essential to know that upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years. On the other hand, lower eyelid surgery can last up a lifetime. Of course, your eyes will still age after the surgery. 

Please take note that if your eyelids sag again, you might consider a forehead lift rather than another blepharoplasty. 

What To Expect During Surgery?

If you decide to do the upper and lower eyelids together, you can expect the surgery to last up to two hours. Usually, your doctor will use local anesthesia and oral sedation. 

The surgeon will work on the upper lids first. The doctor will often cut along the natural lines of your eyelids, and they will close them with small stitches. Expect the stitches in the upper lids to stay for three to six days. The lower lids may not require stitches, depending on the method used. 

After the surgery, you will have stitches in both eyelids that will remain up to a week. Some side effects include swelling and bruising, but your eyelids will look normal within seven to 14 days.

You have to notice that even though eyelid surgery is a safe procedure, there could be complications like:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Dry eyes
  • Not being able to close the eyes fully
  • A possible loss of vision

Before deciding in eyelid surgery, make sure to talk with The Face Place Medispa as they have the knowledge and experienced to help you. 

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