As we age, our eyes start to show signs of aging between drooping, puffy eyelids and wrinkles around them. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, removes excess fat and the wrinkled, drooping skin of the upper eyelids and lower eyelids.
Here are nine things you may not know about this popular cosmetic surgery and why you should consider it:
- Good candidates for surgery include people who are middle age who are experiencing sagging skin and puffiness in their eyelid area. Candidates are in good overall health and have a good outlook and realistic expectations for surgical outcomes.
- Eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgery that lasts 1-2 hours or longer if done in combination with other procedures such as a brow lift, face lift or other skin rejuvenation treatments and procedures.
- Eyelid surgery is done under local anesthesia, local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
- Incisions are made within the natural creases of the upper eyelid and below the lashes of the lower eyelid so that the incisions and resulting scars can be hidden as much as possible.
- Eyelid surgery consists of removing excess skin and fat and tightening muscles in the upper eyelids and removing fat pockets and excess skin in the lower eyelids.
- Laser blepharoplasty is an option for patients who meet certain criteria. This can be done in mere minutes under local anesthesia or mild sedation, with no incisions at all.
- Recovery is fairly straightforward with some bruising and swelling that subsides after 7-10 days. Sutures are removed after five days, and most people return to work and regular activities in 7-10 days.
- You will need to wait to return to low-impact exercise for about three weeks. Wait six weeks to resume strenuous workouts.
- It’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures because people won’t know you’ve had work done unless you tell them.