What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting sagging or drooping eyelids. The eyelid, because its skin is much thinner than that in other parts of the face, is often one of the first facial areas to exhibit signs of aging. Eyelids that sag or droop can affect peripheral vision, making daily activities such as driving more difficult.

Why Would Someone Need Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty may become necessary when various factors, which include aging, sun damage, smoking and obesity, cause the muscles and tissue that support the eyelids to weaken.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Blepharoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure requiring local anesthesia and sedation. General anesthesia may be used depending on the specific patient. Patients can choose to have this procedure on their upper or lower eyelids, or both.

If the upper eyelid is being operated on, an incision is typically made along its natural crease.  For the lower eyelid, an incision is usually made just below the lash line so that excess skin can be removed.

Recovery From Eyelid Surgery

After blepharoplasty, patients may be advised to apply lubricating drops/ointment and cold compresses to aid in healing and minimize side effects. Most patients return to work within a few days to a week, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. Stitches are usually removed after 3 or 5 days. Most swelling and other side effects typically subside within 2 weeks.

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