When you grow older, your eyelids naturally start to stretch, and the muscles that support them begin to weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, which can cause them to create sagging eyebrows, limp upper lids, and bags under your eyes.
Besides making you look older, it can also reduce your peripheral vision. Eyelid surgery removes and tightens excess eyelid skin to give you a more alert, youthful appearance.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that repairs droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat. The procedure can reduce or eliminate vision problems and make your eyes appear youthful and more alert.
Before You Consider A Blepharoplasty Procedure
Prior to scheduling a blepharoplasty procedure, you will meet with a skilled plastic surgeon to discuss your medical history. During this time, your doctor will ask questions about previous operations and current conditions, such as dry eyes, glaucoma, allergies, and so on.
There will be an honest discussion of your aesthetic goals and motivation to ensure that you receive a satisfactory outcome. After which your surgeon will discuss whether the procedure will benefit you and if you will make a good candidate.
Before the Blepharoplasty Procedure
After everything has been discussed, you will prep for your procedure, and your surgeon will administer a physical examination. Your doctor will examine your eyes and check your vision, including your peripheral vision. Then they will photograph your eyes from different angles, as these photos can help with planning the surgery and assessing its immediate and long-term effects.
You’ll be advised to take only medications approved by your surgeon. It will be essential that you quit smoking at least several weeks before your surgery because smoking can reduce your natural ability to heal after surgery.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
The ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing, people who do not smoke or are willing to quit, people who have a positive outlook and realistic goals, and individuals who do not have severe eye conditions.
What You Can Expect From The Procedure
If the surgery is done on your upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon generally works on your top lids first. He will make incisions along the fold of your eyelid and remove excess skin, muscle, and fat tissues, and close the incision.
On the lower lid, your surgeon will make an incision just below the lashes in your eye’s natural crease. He will remove or redistribute excess fat and sagging skin while repairing any weakened muscle structures. Once the necessary corrections are made he will close the incision.
The procedure will result in a more rested and youthful appearance. That change in your look can help you feel more secure and confident in your body while interacting with people. The effects of blepharoplasty surgery will last for a very long time. It’s important to note, however, that as you continue to age, slight changes will occur.
There is a bit of bruising and swelling that usually occurs after the procedure, but it generally subsides in 10 to 14 days. You will also have post-surgical marks, but these will fade in time as well.
Contact Our Office
A blepharoplasty is the perfect solution for anyone who desires youthful and alert eyes. To learn more about this surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard A. Bartlett.