Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves the reshaping of the eyelids. The procedure can be done on the upper and/or lower eyelids and is often done to improve the appearance of the eyes or to correct functional issues that may be caused by droopy or puffy eyelids.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions in the eyelids to remove excess skin and fat. They may also tighten the muscles and reposition the fat pads to create a more youthful appearance. The incisions are typically made in the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize scarring.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours and patients can usually go home the same day.
Recovery time after blepharoplasty varies depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Most patients experience some bruising and swelling, which can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses. Patients should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks and should avoid wearing contact lenses for at least a week after surgery. Patients should also protect their eyes from the sun and wind for several weeks after the procedure.
Complications from blepharoplasty are rare but can include infection, bleeding, and scarring. Patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions carefully to minimize the risk of complications.
Overall, blepharoplasty can be a highly effective way to improve the appearance of the eyes and restore a more youthful, rested look. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who can help them achieve their desired results.