Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift.
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
A tired appearance or puffiness
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is performed in the physician’s office or surgery centers. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.