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Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that restores drooping eyelids by removing extra skin, muscle, and fat. Your eyelids expand as you become older, and the muscles that support them weaken. As a consequence, extra fat may accumulate above and behind your eyelids, resulting in drooping brows, droopy upper lids, and bags under your eyes.

Aside from making you seem older, excessively drooping skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral vision, particularly in the top and outer areas of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can improve or remove these visual issues while also making your eyes seem younger and more attentive.

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Prior to the operation

Blepharoplasty is often performed as an outpatient procedure. To help you relax, your surgeon injects numbing medicine into your eyes and delivers intravenous medication.

Throughout the treatment

If you undergo surgery on both your upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon will usually start with the upper lids. He or she makes an incision along the eyelid fold, removes some extra skin, muscle, and maybe fat, and then seals the wound.

On the lower lid, the surgeon cuts slightly below the lashes in the natural crease of your eye or within the lower lid. He or she cuts the skin and removes or redistributes extra fat, muscle, and sagging skin before closing the wound.

If your upper eyelid droops too close to your pupil, your surgeon may combine blepharoplasty with ptosis, a surgery that adds support to the brow muscle.

Following the process

After surgery, you will be monitored for issues in a recovery room. You are free to go later that day to rest at home.

Following surgery, you may experience:

  • Blurred vision as a result of the lubricating ointment used on your eyes

  • swollen eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Doubtful vision

  • Eyelids puffy and numb

  • Swelling and bruises resembling black eyes

  • Discomfort or pain

Your doctor would most likely advise you to do the following after surgery:

  • The night following surgery, apply cold packs to your eyes for 10 minutes per hour. The next day, apply cold packs to your eyes four to five times during the day.

  • Clean your eyelids gently and use the suggested eye drops or ointments.

  • For a week, avoid straining, hard lifting, and swimming.

  • For a week, avoid intense activities like aerobics and jogging.

  • Smoking should be avoided.

  • Try not to rub your eyes.

  • If you wear contact lenses, wait about two weeks following surgery before putting them in.

  • To protect the skin on your eyelids from the sun and wind, use dark-tinted sunglasses.

  • For a few days, sleep with your head higher than your chest.

  • To minimize edema, apply cold compresses.

  • Return to the doctor's office to have any stitches removed within a few days.

Results

Many people are pleased with the outcomes of blepharoplasty, which include a more relaxed and young appearance as well as increased self-confidence. For some people, the effects of surgery can last a lifetime. Others may have a recurrence of droopy eyelids.

Bruising and swelling should go away in 10 to 14 days, which is when you should feel safe going out in public again. Surgical incisions can leave scars that take months to fade. Take care not to overexpose your delicate eyelid skin to the sun.
 

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