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The Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Mon 12/12/2016 - 16:43

People with drooping, puffy eyelids often end up looking perpetually tired. One of the most effective solutions for fixing drooping eyelids is blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery. By removing excess skin, and fat from your eyelids, the blepharoplasty is perfect for creating a brighter, more lively look. A blepharoplasty also has an added benefit of making the patient look more youthful, since droopy eyes are a common sign of aging.

The Typical Candidates for Blepharoplasty

The perfect candidates for blepharoplasty have realistic expectations for their results and are in good health. Certain eye conditions like glaucoma and detached retinas might increase the probability of complications from blepharoplasty, so it’s important that you discuss the issue with your ophthalmologist.

Blepharoplasty Procedure

You and your surgeon have a lot to plan when it comes to your eyelid surgery. Both of you will decide whether you’re operating on both upper and lower eyelids or just the upper or lower eyelids. You will also get to decide on what type of tissues-like fat or skin-will be removed. Your procedure can either be done with local anesthesia, or general anesthesia that will put you to sleep.

The procedure takes about 1-3 hours, depending on what you decide to have done. In order to make the incisions as invisible as possible, it will be made in the creases of your upper eyelids or in the lashline of your lower eyelids. If the incisions need to be extended, they can also be hidden in the crow’s feet and laugh lines around your eyes. After creating the incision, your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin.

Facial Rejuvenation

To maximize your facial rejuvenation, you can actually combine a blepharoplasty with other procedures like a facelift or a forehead lift.

Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty

There are different variations of the blepharoplasty for people with special circumstances. The transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a type of procedure that removes pockets of fat in your lower eyelids without removing any excess skin. It’s perfect for someone with great skin tightness and firmness but still has pockets of fat in the lower eyelids that lead to puffiness.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

You and your surgeon will plan your recovery; although people can usually read and watch television after 2-3 days, go back to work in 7-10 days, and put on their contacts after 2 weeks. You should avoid any strenuous activities for about 3 weeks and rest for about 3-5 days—it’s essential that you prevent any high increase in blood pressure.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate, sophisticated procedure, so picking the right surgeon is essential. For the best results, contact renowned “Top Doctor” and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Fasching, for a consultation on Blepharoplasty.