As people grow older, they notice several telltale signs of aging that appear all over their bodies. Even their eyelids are not spared. Over time, they begin to develop excess skin and fat, making them sag. The surgical procedure used to correct this and rejuvenate the lids is known as eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
This is a surgical procedure that is conducted to improve the appearance of a person’s eyelids. It is also sometimes called an “eye lift.” A blepharoplasty can be performed on the lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both sets. Eyelid surgery is conducted for several reasons, which include an improvement in appearance, correction of functional issues, and simple rejuvenation.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Treat?
People resort to eyelid surgery for several reasons. This procedure can treat multiple issues:
• Loose sagging skin that result in folds around the eyes, which could alter the natural contours of the eyelids
• Drooping eyelids that impair vision
• Bags under the eyes
• Excess depositions of fat that make the eyes look puffy
• Drooping lower eyelids
• Wrinkles or excess skin around the eyelids
People who have faced these issues or are looking to rejuvenate their aged appearance are eligible to undergo blepharoplasty.
Before a patient decides to undergo eyelid surgery, they should undergo a detailed examination as well as discuss the procedure, risks, precautions, and benefits with their medical provider. It is important that the patient follows the assigned preoperative instructions with utmost care and follow all the postoperative instructions given.
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
In this procedure, local anesthesia is first administered to numb the region and eliminate pain. The plastic surgeon then makes small incisions in the eyelids, through which they remove excess fat and/or skin.
For patients who are having their upper eyelids recontoured, the incision that must be made is placed in the natural line that separates the eyelid from the area of skin directly below the eyebrow.
For patients getting lower-lid blepharoplasty surgery, there are two incision options: directly below the lash line on the outside of the lid (the transcutaneous incision) or within the inner lid (the transconjunctival incision). The main benefit of the transconjunctival incision is that it leaves no visible post-surgical marks.
The ideal incision option for your lower-lid blepharoplasty will be discussed during your consultation with your plastic surgeon.
Once the removal of excess tissue has been completed, the incisions are closed with the aid of tiny sutures. The recovery time for people who have undergone blepharoplasty is rather short, allowing patients to return to their regular routines quickly. For complete instructions regarding the healing process, speak with your plastic surgeon.
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The best way to avoid complications is by selecting a professional plastic surgeon who is experienced in this procedure. Patients should ensure that the surgery is conducted at an accredited facility to reduce the chances of complications and risks.
Pay a visit to Dr. Edward Miranda, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients. To schedule an appointment for an eyelid surgery consultation, contact us today.