What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid Surgery, medically known as a Blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes. Many factors contribute to the aged appearance of the eyes, and there are many techniques are available to create a rejuvenated or youthful look of the eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, canthoplasty, and canthopexy are all procedures performed to obtain periorbital rejuvenation and improve one’s tired appearing look.
Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery can benefit those who experience excess skin and fat in the upper and/or lower eyelids making them look more tired and older than they feel. For some, drooping eyelids can even start to affect their vision. Successful candidates should be healthy individuals with no eye conditions that could affect the healing process. Patients who are already having another procedure like the brow lift can add eyelid surgery for optimal eye rejuvenation.
What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?
The technique chosen for your eyelid surgery will depend on the varying amounts of excess skin and protruding fat in the upper and lower lids. Techniques might include:
Upper Eyelid Surgery:
Upper eyelids can lose their shape over time and become droopy, hiding the natural arch of your lid. One may lose the crisp upper eyelid crease associated with youth. To correct a sagging upper eyelid, incisions are made where the natural arch and crease of your eye will be. Through this incision, skin, muscle and fat may be removed to create a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Lower Eyelid Surgery:
Incisions may be placed under the lower eyelid’s eyelashes or within the underside of the lower eyelid to avoid leaving any visible scars. After contouring fat, either by excision or redraping, the loose muscular sling around the eye may be tightened and loose, excess skin may be conservatively removed.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Can Botox lift droopy eyelids?
No. To correct for excess eyelid skin or weakening muscles, the only solution is eyelid surgery.
Does eyelid surgery leave scars?
As with any surgery, incisions made will form scar tissue. In blepharoplasty, these scars are hidden in the natural creases and arches around your eyes to reduce their appearance.
How do you fix droopy eyelids?
The most proven effective way to fix droopy eyelids is through upper eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty.
Can droopy eyelids cause blurred vision?
One of the side effects of drooping eyelids includes reduced vision in the affected eye(s), depending on how much of the pupil the eyelid is covering.
How long after blepharoplasty do you see results?
While you may be able to go out in public after a week or two, full results may take several months after blepharoplasty.
Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery?
It is recommended that you sleep on your back with your head elevated slightly during the first few days of recovery from eyelid surgery.
How do you reduce bruising after eyelid surgery?
Applying a cold compress will help reduce both bruising and swelling after eyelid surgery.
Can you get rid of hooded eyelids?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can reduce the appearance of hooded eyelids by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue.
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?
Possible risks of eyelid surgery include temporarily blurred vision, dry eyes, infection, or bleeding.
Is eyelid surgery safe?
Eyelid surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure. There are possible risks, but these are rare occurrences.
What Will my Recovery be Like?
After eyelid surgery, patients can expect some discomfort that can be managed with an ice pack and prescription pain medication. Patients can also expect some limited swelling and bruising after eyelid surgery. Activities that can strain the eyes such as reading and watching TV should be limited during the recovery process. Patients will be provided with all necessary post-op care instructions after their procedure.
Once fully healed, you can enjoy your refreshed appearance for a younger look that is long lasting! The aging process will continue, but future treatments such as Botox and fillers can help maintain your look.
To learn more about eyelid surgery and other facial rejuvenation options offered at K Plastic Surgery, contact our office today.