Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed on the eyelids in order to minimize wrinkles by removing excess fat and skin. The surgery can be done on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, and it can also be used to address severe upper eyelid sagging that results in obstruction of vision.
How Blepharoplasty Benefits Patients
Blepharoplasty is a permanent way for patients to lessen or get rid of puffiness, lines and wrinkles in the eye region. For most people, the eyelids tend to show signs of aging before any other part of their face.
Baggy, puffy-looking eyes can lead to a worn-out appearance and add years to your face. Fortunately, a skilled surgeon can correct these issues, helping you look more youthful and well-rested.
Patients often choose to have their lower eyelids corrected in the same surgery as their upper eyelids, but these may be done separately as well.
Acceptable candidates for blepharoplasty should be in good physical health and possess realistic goals for the results of their procedure.
However, the surgery may not be an appropriate option for people who:
- Have active eye infections
- Have issues with tear production
- Suffer from a bleeding disorder
- Have a suppressed immune system
- Have glaucoma, retinal detachment or other eye diseases
- Struggle with a thyroid disorder
- Have impaired healing
What is Recovery Like?
Most people may experience some discomfort after the surgery. However, side effects like bruising, swelling and redness are common and temporary. To help minimize these effects, try applying cold compresses to your eye region as needed.
When you lie down, it may be recommended to do so only on your back and with your head elevated. This could accelerate the healing process and reduce swelling.
You must keep your eye region clean after the procedure. Your eyes may become itchy, irritated or dry, but you may receive special eye drops to alleviate these symptoms.
The surgeon will also give you specific information about what you should avoid after your surgery and how you should care for your eyes. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications.
Your Consultation Appointment
During your consultation, the surgeon will ask for your medical history and evaluate your eye region. This will determine whether you’re a good candidate, and if so, which areas of your eyes need to be addressed during surgery. Your skin type and age may also be taken into account as these things could affect the success of your surgery.
Contact the office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, MD today to schedule your consultation.