Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Can Turn Back Time
Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a commonly performed procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids.
As aging occurs, the skin around the eyes becomes looser, and with gravity, sags. The muscles and tendons around the eyes relax as well, allowing fat that normally surrounds the eyeball to come forward. This causes bulging on both the upper and lower lids. The excess skin and fat causes the eyelid to droop, which interferes with the field of vision. Fatigue, skin irritation, and impaired vision are common symptoms.
Blepharoplasty involves creating an incision hidden in the natural crease of the upper lid, and removing the excess skin and fat. The incision fades over time to a point where it is virtually invisible. The procedure is done in an outpatient surgery setting and usually takes less than an hour. Bruising and swelling are common afterwards and can last several days to weeks. Ice packs are used for 24 hours following the procedure to reduce swelling. Sutures are removed 5 days later. Excess tearing, blurred vision, and numbness around the incisions are common side effects for several days following the procedure. Pain medication is rarely needed.
Most patients are extremely satisfied with the results of blepharoplasty. The eyelids feel lighter and the vision is improved. This translates into a more youthful, rested appearance.