One of the most notable human features are the eyes, but during the aging process wrinkles, lines and puffiness can contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a corrective procedure that removes excess wrinkles and provides a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance to the eyes. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids
- A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours of the eyelids, which should leave no visible scarring. The upper eyelids are usually operated on first to remove excess skin and fat, then the lower eyelids are completed to eliminate puffiness and improve dark circles. In some instances, laser technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas.
- Anesthesia: Local or general
- Length of surgery: 45 to 90 minutes
- Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)
- Back to work: 3 to 7 days
- Exercise: May after 10 days
- Discomfort: Mild to moderate (anticipate 2 to 3 days of prescription pain medication)
- Swelling: Mild to moderate; should be gone in 2 to 3 weeks
- Bruising: Common, but should fade 2 weeks following surgery
- Bandages: Minimal
- Final result: Appearance will improve for several months following surgery, but the most dramatic results are visible in the first 2 to 3 weeks.