Eyelid Surgery Explained (Blepharoplasty)

May 15, 2024 | Blog

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery for Rejuvenated Eyes

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is an increasingly popular surgical procedure that removes excess skin and repositions (or eliminates) fatty tissue around the eyes to improve appearance and functionality. 

People choose this procedure to achieve a more youthful-looking face. It can be performed on upper and lower eyelids, and polls show an outstanding ~97% success rate (according to the National Institute of Health).

STARS Plastic Surgery in San Antonio presents this article on blepharoplasty, hoping it will provide some insight for curious readers. Reach out for more information today!

 

Key Takeaways

  • Addresses Drooping Skin: Blepharoplasty removes sagging skin that may impair vision.
  • Reduces Puffiness: Corrects under-eye bags and puffiness for a smoother look.
  • Improves Wrinkles: Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Enhances Vision: Helps improve vision by removing obstructive skin.
  • Pairs with Other Treatments: Often combined with facelifts and brow lifts for comprehensive rejuvenation.

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Understanding Blepharoplasty

 

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct cosmetic and functional issues around the eyes. 

It eliminates excess skin and fat and can be combined with other treatments like brow lifts or facelifts for optimal results. 

Below is a comparison of the different types of eyelid surgery:

Table: Types of Eyelid Surgery

Type Description
Upper Blepharoplasty Removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids.
Lower Blepharoplasty Targets under-eye bags and puffiness.
Fat Transposition Repositions fat for a fuller, youthful appearance.
Laser Blepharoplasty Uses a laser instead of a scalpel for incisions.

 

Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

 

Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty often seek to correct visual impairments caused by drooping eyelids or wish to improve facial aesthetics by addressing signs of aging around the eyes. 

Here are key indicators that blepharoplasty might be right for you:

Ideal Candidates

  • Excess or Sagging Upper Eyelid Skin: Primarily aimed at individuals looking to remove the ‘hooded’ appearance of their eyes.
  • Under-eye Bags or Puffiness: Perfect for those wishing to eliminate puffiness that contributes to a tired look.
  • Hollow or Sunken Eyes: Suitable for patients wanting to restore volume around the eyes, often through fat repositioning techniques.
  • Wrinkles or Fine Lines Around the Eyes: Ideal for smoothing out early signs of aging.
  • Vision Obstruction Due to Drooping Skin: Especially beneficial for those whose sagging eyelid skin interferes with their vision.

 

Preparing for Blepharoplasty

 

Proper preparation for eyelid surgery can significantly influence the success and ease of your recovery. 

To ensure the best possible outcomes, candidates should follow these preparatory steps:

Preparation Tips

  • Consultation: Engage in a detailed discussion with your surgeon to align on the surgical goals and explore your medical history for any potential concerns.
  • Smoking Cessation: Discontinue smoking at least several weeks before the surgery to enhance healing and reduce recovery time.
  • Medication Adjustment: Review your current medications with your surgeon, as certain supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs can increase bleeding.
  • Arrange Assistance: Organize for a family member or friend to assist you post-surgery, as the initial days after the procedure will require rest and limited physical activity.
  • Recovery Planning: Set up a comfortable recovery space in your home that includes easy access to essential items such as ice packs, medications, and comfortable pillows to keep your head elevated.

 

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

 

Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. 

It’s performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery and patient preference. 

The following steps outline what typically happens during the procedure:

Blepharoplasty Surgery Steps

  • Create Incisions: The surgeon strategically places incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelids or just below the lash line in the lower eyelids to minimize visible scarring.
  • Remove or Reposition Fat: Depending on the desired outcome, the surgeon removes or repositions excess skin and fat to enhance the eye’s contour.
  • Close Incisions: The surgeon meticulously sutures the incisions to promote optimal healing and maintain the eyelid’s natural structure.
  • Apply Dressings: After the surgery, the surgeon applies light dressings and uses ointments to aid in healing and minimize discomfort.

 

Recovery After Eyelid Surgery

 

Recovery from eyelid surgery involves bruising and swelling that can last for several weeks. 

Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities and follow post-operative care instructions, such as using cold compresses, keeping the head elevated, and avoiding eye makeup until fully healed.

Comparison Table: Recovery Timelines

Recovery Aspect Upper Blepharoplasty Lower Blepharoplasty
Bruising/Swelling 1-2 weeks 2-3 weeks
Suture Removal 5-7 days 7-10 days
Makeup Resumption 2 weeks 3 weeks
Normal Activities 2-3 weeks 3-4 weeks

 

Blepharoplasty FAQs

 

What Cosmetic Issues Can Eyelid Surgery Address?

Eyelid surgery addresses various cosmetic concerns, including drooping skin, under-eye bags, and wrinkles around the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty targets excess skin on the upper eyelids, while lower blepharoplasty eliminates puffiness and bags. Fat repositioning can also restore a hollow or sunken appearance, giving the eyes a fuller and more youthful look.

What Scars Can I Expect From Eyelid Surgery?

Scars are strategically concealed within the natural creases of the eyelids. For upper blepharoplasty, the incision is hidden in the eyelid’s natural crease. Lower blepharoplasty incisions are placed just below the lash line, blending seamlessly with the lashes. Laser blepharoplasty further minimizes scarring due to the precision of the laser.

Does Fat Come Back After Eyelid Surgery?

Fat removal or repositioning during blepharoplasty is generally permanent. However, new fat can accumulate over time due to weight gain or natural aging processes. Maintaining a stable weight can help prolong the results of the surgery.

 

Conclusion – Rejuvenating Eyes With Blepharoplasty

 

Blepharoplasty offers significant cosmetic and functional improvements for individuals seeking rejuvenated eyes. Whether it’s eliminating drooping eyelid skin, reducing puffiness, or improving vision, eyelid surgery can help you achieve a youthful and revitalized look.

At Stars Plastic Surgery, our experienced team provides comprehensive consultations to customize your eyelid surgery. Schedule a consultation today to start your journey toward a brighter, refreshed appearance.

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