What Is A Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic solution for saggy eyelids. It is an effective way to counter the signs of aging by providing a more youthful appearance around the eyes.
It not only helps aesthetically but also with clearing the field of vision. The goal is to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle that droops because the muscles supporting the area weaken.
The procedure aims to remove excess skin, fat and muscles in the eyelids. It can be performed on both upper and lower eyelids. The procedure is popular among women to eliminate the tired and old look from their eyes.
Types of Eyelid Lifts
It can be done on both the upper and lower lids, as explained in this post:
Upper eyelid excess skin and fat can create a heavy looking eyelid, aged appearance, puffiness, and sometimes block the upper field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat and can improve the field of vision.
Double eyelid surgery, also called Asian eyelid surgery, is performed to create or enhance an upper eyelid crease. This type of surgery is performed on Asian people to “westernize” the appearance of the eyelid.
Lower blepharoplasty can be performed to remove excess skin and improve the contour of the eyelid by adding or removing fat. Sometimes tightening the eyelid is needed to correct sagging, while laser skin resurfacing can be used to improve wrinkles and skin texture.
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During your consultation with your Southern California cosmetic surgeon, you will learn more about how the surgery is performed and what to expect with an eyelid lift. The removal or redistribution of fat is a big part of a successful blepharoplasty.
New Technique With Less Scarring
They have gotten better at minimizing scarring by using a smaller surgical opening. The following doctor discusses a newer eyelid lift technique that means less down time for healing:
“Traditionally, surgeons performing blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) have made a horizontal incision running the entire length of the upper eyelid in order to reach and remove the medial fat pad,” explains Dr. Sheila Barbarino, the doctor responsible for the original medical journal article.
“Dr. David Morrow’s method, which we have now performed on 979 patients, allows us to remove the fat pad through a 3-4 mm oblique stab incision. This safe, time efficient and minimally invasive procedure yields excellent outcomes with a far smaller scar.”
This technique provides benefits besides lowering the healing time. It also is a much faster procedure because of using a local anesthetic and there are less complications following the surgery.
This video gives shows how upper and lower blepharoplasty works:
Side Effects Following An Eyelid Lift
The eyelids will be swollen and bruised after the surgery. This goes away naturally during your recovery, but you can speed up the process by applying ice and keeping your head elevated.
There will also be some pain in the area, with soreness and tightness. This subsides fairly quickly, but in the meantime your doctor will most likely prescribe you something to help alleviate the pain.
Depending on the skill of the doctor, there will be some inconspicuous scars. There is also the potential for infection if not cared for properly.
Recovery Time and Cost
The recovery time is discussed below:
Recovery from eyelid surgery generally takes several weeks. Within two days to a week, the stitches will be removed. In the first week, patients will want to make sure that their eyes receive plenty of rest. The redness and swelling occurring after the blepharoplasty procedure will fade with time. Recovery will also include ensuring that any exertion that may increase blood flow to the eyes is avoided. Patients may be able to return to work approximately 10 days after the surgery.
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The average cost of eyelid surgery is just over $3,000. It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries worldwide, being in the top five overall for 2016. Even though more women get a blepharoplasy, the number of men having the procedure is on the rise.