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December 30, 2018

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Blepharoplasty is a treatment for sagging eyelids and the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. This surgical procedure is primarily carried out for aesthetical reasons but can also improve your range of visibility if there is a lot of excess skin.

As we age, the muscular structures around the eyes begin to weaken, and the eyelids stretch. Without the rigid collagen structures to support the aging skin, it can collect fat deposits and lead to bulging bags under the eyes and above. People who undergo a blepharoplasty procedure look younger and more vibrant.

When is the Blepharoplasty Procedure Advisable?

Although the majority of patients who opt for blepharoplasty are women (around 80 percent), anyone who is suffering from droopy eyelids or sagging skin around the eyes can benefit. For many seniors, the procedure becomes a medical necessity when the drooping eyelid skin prevents them from fully opening their eyes or causes their lower eyelids to droop. For the majority, it is a convenient method of turning back the clock and putting on their best dress to celebrate life again. This procedure can be combined with other surgical procedures like a facelift or browlift.

Overview of the Blepharoplasty Procedure

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Consultation

Consultations for blepharoplasty procedures are more straightforward than for other types of plastic surgeries.

At your consultation, our English-speaking specialist doctor may touch and slightly move your eyelids to manipulate them into the image of how they may appear after surgery. You will have to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current health problems.

The goal of plastic and cosmetic surgery is to obtain results that look as natural as possible. Therefore, in the end, you can expect your face to look healthier and closer to its natural appearance before the sagging developed. Our specialist may take photographs and measurements of your eyelids before the surgery or at the consultation.

Treatment

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is often done under IV sedation with a local anesthetic. Other treatments can also be combined in the same surgery, if appropriate. To begin, the specialist usually starts with the upper eyelid by making an incision along the fold of the eyelid and removing excess fat, muscle, and skin. The procedure is completed when he closes the incision.

For the lower lids, the procedure is nearly identical, save for the location of the incision. The lower eyelid incision can be internal or external, placed in the natural fold just below the lower eyelashes.

Recovery

Once the effects of the sedation have passed, you may experience blurred vision from the lubricating ointment used during the surgery. Some patients also experience double vision, light sensitivity, or watery eyes for a few hours which is considered normal. Complications are rare and this treatment is relatively straight-forward.

Once you are checked out and given the all clear, you can return home that same day.

In order to minimalize and reduce swelling, you will be instructed to apply ice to your eyes for one or two hours. You will also be instructed to be gentle with your eyes by avoiding smoke exposure, rubbing, strenuous activities, and swimming.

Finally, you will be provided with prescription eye drops and ointments to reduce irritation and any risk of infection. Wearing sunglasses will protect the treated area from the stress of wind and sun exposure as you heal during the initial days.

Sounds good? Contact us to set up an appointment!

If a blepharoplasty is something you may be interested in, please contact us to ask any questions you may have or set up a consultation appointment with our specialist.

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