What does it do:
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert and younger. Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat loose or sagging skin that creates overhanging folds and disturbs the natural almond shaped contour of the upper eyelid. It removes the excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness or bags in the lower eyelids. With aging, the lower lid posture may even bow down, rounding out the lid posture, giving the appearance of droopiness to the lower lid where the white of the eye shows below the iris.
What it does not do:
Eyelid surgery corrects overhanging skin in the upper lid, restores a youthful upper lid fold, and removes the bags from the lower lid. It does not raise the brow or eyebrows. It is not a brow lift. It does not eliminate crow’s feet. It does very little to remove the darkness in the tear trough area.
What is the surgery about:
The incisions are designed to be concealed with the natural structures of the eyelid region. Some lower lid surgeries are tranconjunctival, or internal, designed to remove fat but not any loose skin. Laser usage gives equivalent results. Surgery lasts one hour. The results of blepharoplasty will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a better defined eyelid and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance.
What to expect:
As there is anesthesia given one would need a caregiver for at least 24 hours after surgery. Sutures are removed 3-5 days after surgery. It is recommended that one take a week off from work and/or school. Bruising subsides in 5-7 days. Eye make-up is possible 2 days after suture removal. Full exercise is not resumed for 6 weeks following surgery.
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