Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is an aesthetic procedure that entails the removal of excess fat, muscle and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. It reduces drooping and puffiness in the targeted area and creates a more youthful and appealing look overall. As people grow older, the skin that surrounds the eyelids separates from the underlying muscle, allowing for the development of fat pockets that make the eyes puffy and the face appear aged, haggard and tired. By correcting these issues, blepharoplasty makes people look better, feel better and gain renewed confidence.
How To Know If Blepharoplasty Is Right For You
If you have puffy or saggy skin beneath your eyes and are unhappy with your looks because of it, blepharoplasty may be right for you. People with under-eye bags and excess skin around either the upper or lower lids often appear tired, depressed and older than they truly are. Blepharoplasty can restore a bright, youthful appearance by opening up the eyes so that you look focused and alert. This procedure is also worth considering if the excess skin around the eyes has begun to impair your vision.
People who are in good general health, have a positive outlook and feasible expectations for their surgeries are often considered good candidates for these procedures. Chronic medical conditions, life-threatening illnesses and smoking, are among some of the common reasons why a patient might be passed over for blepharoplasty surgery. These surgeries cannot be performed on people with diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, circulatory or bleeding disorders or serious eye conditions due to the elevated risk of complications that these issues entail. Detached retinas, chronic dry eyes and glaucoma, are other issues that make people poor candidates for this procedure.
How Blepharoplasty Is Performed
Blepharoplasty can be used to address sagging skin at both the upper and lower eyelids as needed. During your consultation appointment, your provider will take note of various factors such as skin elasticity, fat deposits under the lower lids and vision obstruction among other things. Based upon these findings, he or she will devise a plan for restoration. This surgery is often performed through a single, inconspicuous incision under the lower lid or above the upper lid. Excess fat and muscle are removed, and the surrounding skin is tightened before the incision is sutured closed.
Given that only a single incision is made in most instances, the recovery process for blepharoplasty is often short and easy. Patients should spend the first few days following their procedures resting with their heads elevated. There will be some bruising and swelling in the surgery area, but these issues will gradually abate on their own. Doctors often prescribe eye drops for keeping the eyes moist while the eyelids heal, along with pain medications and antibiotics for preventing infection. After just two to three weeks, people can expect to see impressive changes in the shape and overall appearance of their eyes.
Dr. Hanemann at Hanemann Plastic Surgery will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about blepharoplasty. With the help of his staff, you will be able to get the look of eyes you want. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.