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What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure done on the eyelids. The procedure is usually done to get rid of the excess skin from upper eyelids and reduce bagginess from lower eyelids. It is also popularly known as eye lifting.

Depending on your condition and goals for blepharoplasty, you can get upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or double eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty is among some of the most cost-effective and time-effective surgical procedures that help enhance your appearance.

What Conditions Does Eyelid Surgery Treat?

Blepharoplasty is mainly done for cosmetic reasons to restore the skin’s elasticity, especially around the eyes. Some of the other additional conditions it treats are:

Sagging and loose skin from upper eyelids

Sometimes, the upper eyelid’s skin becomes so saggy that it hangs around the eye, blocking vision. This can be caused by fat deposits on the upper eyelids being pulled by gravity.

The skin loses elasticity as people age, and tissue volume also decreases around the eyelid. That can also contribute to the loose and saggy upper eyelid skin. The eyelid surgery helps get rid of that excess sagging skin.

Drooping lower eyelids

Weight from excess skin on the lower eyelid plus a decrease in tissue volume causes the lid to droop over time. That can make it possible for people to see the white part of the eye below the iris, which can be uncomfortable.

This typically occurs with older people but can happen to younger people as well due to hereditary health issues. Blepharoplasty gets rid of that excess skin and restores the skin’s tightness on the lower eyelid.

Bags and puffiness

The lower eyelids sometimes tend to be puffy and have bags around them. This can be as a result of fatigue, fat buildup, or other health issues. Once the procedure has been done, and the fat is removed, it can also help diminish the dark circles around the lower eyelid.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

The eyelid surgery procedure takes around one to two hours, depending on how much work is being done. During upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made along the crease of the eyelid for the repositioning and removal of excess fat, removal of extra skin, and muscle tightening.

For the lower eyelid procedure, an incision is made just under the lower lash line. The incisions made are then closed with stitches that are removed around a week after the procedure.

The incisions are hidden within the natural eye crease and fade with time.

Recovery Process

After the eyelid surgery, patients normally experience swelling and bruising. That can be controlled using ice and elevation. Patients may also experience discomfort, which can be treated using pain medication.

Patients who have problems with their vision can use their glasses immediately after the surgery. However, contact lenses cannot be put on for at least a week after blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery patients can go to work after three days and can also start exercise after two weeks.

The full recovery period is six weeks. After that, the results of eyelid surgery are permanent.

Schedule your Consultation

Dr. Rocheford is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Her down to earth, warm personality helps patients feel comfortable. Her new facility and excellent staff combine to provide an excellent patient experience and outcome. Schedule your blepharoplasty consultation today by calling (651) 739-1100 or fill out the form online.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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