Blepharoplasty – or eyelid surgery – is one of the most potent surgical interventions for eliminating drooping eyelids. It makes your eyes appear brighter, fuller, and more open.
Blepharoplasty is a term that refers to a collection of surgical procedures performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Typically, it involves making an incision either in the upper eyelid or lower lid crease to tighten the skin and tone up the surrounding area.
As you get older, you can start developing wrinkles, bags, puffiness, and sagging around the eyes. Sun exposure, genetics, and the aging process can all contribute to deterioration in the area’s appearance. Eventually, problems are so visible that makeup cannot conceal them.
The purpose of blepharoplasty depends on the cosmetic issue the patient would like to address. For some, it is removing dark bags and circles in the areas under the eyes. For others, it is dealing with drooping eyelids or heavy wrinkling in the corners of the eyes. When you come to our clinic, Dr. Schalit will consult with you about your concerns and recommend a treatment course. Often, you can address multiple problems in a single surgery session.
There are two types of blepharoplasty: tradition and transconjunctival.
The traditional approach involves making an incision in the upper eyelid crease and removing any excess tissue that might be causing drooping or wrinkles. After recovery, patients’ eyes look wider and brighter than before.
The transconjunctival approach is relatively new and involves making an incision on the lower lid. Dr. Schalit removes any excess fat, tightens the outer skin, and uses a laser to tone some patients’ periorbital area.
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Following treatment, you’ll be taken to a recovery room where you’ll receive cold compresses and soothing ointments to keep the eyes moist. You may find that you have blurry vision and increased light sensitivity. Your eyes may also feel dry or watery.
Dr. Schalit may recommend that you place ice packs on your eyes and sleep with your head raised on the first night after surgery.
The majority of the swelling from blepharoplasty should recede after two to four weeks. Full results will become visible after one to two months.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
The benefits of blepharoplasty are considerable and include:
- Reduction in the appearance of loose or sagging folds in the eyelids and skin the periorbital region
- Less visible bags under the eyes
- Reduction in the appearance of puffiness around the eyes
- Less drooping of both the upper and lower eyelids
- Reduction in the visibility of the whites of the eyes
- Reduction in wrinkles to the sides and underneath the eyes
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
If you are a nonsmoker and do not have any medical conditions that could impair healing, you might be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Patients with puffiness, wrinkles, and droopiness in the eye area stand to benefit the most.
Dr. Schalit was wonderful! He performed an upper and lower blepharoplasty, and his special touch of laser under the eyes to tighten and brighten. He also placed Juvederm in my upper and lower lips, and nasoabial fold (laugh lines), my husband loved my lips! I was able to go back to work after six days. I probably could have went back sooner, I wanted to be careful not to undo the beautiful work Dr. Schalit did! Thank you so much, I will be asking for treatments of Voluma and Juvedrem in the near future!!
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