What is a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can rejuvenate puffy, sagging, or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. It may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient's field of vision. Eyelid surgery can be combined with BOTOX® treatments to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow's feet, or dark circles under the eyes.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is usually performed in an outpatient setting and lasts 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how much work is done. Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes on the lower lids). The surgeon removes excess tissue through these incisions and then stitch them closed with fine sutures. In the case that no skin needs to be removed, the surgeon will likely perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.
What To Expect After Eyelid Surgery
Stitches are removed after three or four days and most people return to work in ten. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. The effects of blepharoplasty can last for a long time and are sometimes even permanent.