If you have droopy eyelids that make you look tired and older than you actually are, then it may be time to consider eyelid surgery. Here are some things you should know about this outpatient plastic surgery procedure, also known as blepharoplasty.
- Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures with a high patient satisfaction rate. This is because it delivers excellent yet subtle results. People won’t know you had work done but will notice a more rested, refreshed appearance. It can be your little secret if you don’t want to tell what you’ve had done.
- Candidates for eyelid surgery have droopy or sagging eyelids, excess skin on the lower eyelids and may have bags under the eyes.
- Eyelid surgery consists of removing excess fat and wrinkled or drooping skin on the upper eyelids and eliminating bags and tightening skin on or below the lower eyelids.
- Eyelid surgery is popular because you really don’t see visible scars. This is because the incisions are hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and just below the lashes of the lower eyelid. As long as you take care to avoid too much sun exposure to your eyelids after surgery, the scars should fade and soften over time.
- Patients will have some bruising and swelling that will subside after 7-10 days. Some swelling may persist for weeks after surgery. Sutures will be removed after five days. Many return to work and regular activities within a week to 10 days. Makeup can be worn after 5-7 days.
- Some patients may qualify for laser technology to tighten the lower and upper eyelid skin, which avoids going under the knife. This can be done in minutes under local anesthesia or mild sedation.
- Many patients choose to have eyelid surgery done in combination with other surgical procedures or skin resurfacing to enhance their results.