FAQ – Blepharoplasty

FAQ - Blepharoplasty

 

Eyelid Surgery and Blepharoplasty
As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more lax, muscles weaken, and natural fat stores can slip from their youthful position. Around the eyes, lax skin and displaced fat can cause puffiness and bulging, as well as “bags” and hollowing under the eyes. Excess skin can droop over the upper lashes and — in some cases — may even impair vision. As a result, the entire face may appear tired, careworn, and older. Eyelid surgery (also called an eyelift or blepharoplasty) can minimize the signs of aging around the eyes by addressing excess skin and prominent fat in the upper lids, lower lids, or both. Minimally invasive options include anti-wrinkle injection, temporary dermal fillers, fat grafting, or laser skin resurfacing. Surgical techniques can remove excess loose skin; reposition, re-drape, or remove bulging fat; correct bagging and hollowing; and restore the eyes to their natural, youthful contours.

WHAT CAN EYELID SURGERY DO FOR ME?*
Remove loose and excess skin around the eyes
Restore the natural contour of the upper eyelid
Reduce puffiness around the eyes caused by excess or displaced fatty deposits
Correct “bags” in the lower eyelids
Improve the appearance of “hooding” in the upper eyelids
Correct impaired vision from excess eyelid skin
Rejuvenate, refresh, and improve the appearance of the eyes and the upper face
Make the face look younger and more refreshed

 

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery may be an excellent option for people who wish to refresh and rejuvenate the area around the eyes. People who have loose or excess skin in the upper eyelids, as well those with puffiness, “bags,” hollowing, or wrinkles around the eyes, may be good candidates for an eyelid lift. In certain cases, minimally invasive approaches, such as anti-wrinkles or dermal fillers, may be considered instead of, or in combination with, eyelid surgery. Our doctor will meet with you to discuss whether you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery.

EYELID SURGERY AT A GLANCE
Procedure* Recovery* Post-Op Care*
Performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility Go home same day Sutures will be removed in 5-7 days
Surgery time approximately 1-2 hours Back to work in 4-7 days
Local anesthesia Light cardio exercise in 5-7 days
More strenuous exercise in 2 weeks

 

How is eyelid surgery performed?
Eyelid surgery can address problems in the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both lids. The technique used will depend on the particular anatomy and needs of each patient. Upper eyelid surgery can improve upper eyelid contours by removing excess skin. Incisions are well hidden in the crease of the upper eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery can reduce the signs of aging in the lower lids. Incisions are hidden either inside the lower eyelid or just below the eyelash line. Fatty deposits may be repositioned and muscles may be tightened to improve support.

 

How can I prepare for eyelid surgery?
During your initial consultation, Our doctor will examine your eyelid structure, including the amount and quality of the skin and soft tissue in the upper and lower eyelids. He will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations, including possible risks and the best way to prepare for your surgery. He will let you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure, and he will answer any questions that you may have.

 

What type of anaesthesia will be used?
We recommend local anaesthetics for eyelift surgery.

 

What should I expect during eyelid surgery?
Eyelift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art, in-office operating suite. The length of your procedure will depend on many factors, but on average, the procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours.* You will need someone to drive you home.

 

What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
Every surgery is different, and you will receive detailed post-operative instructions for your specific needs. In general, you may expect to have mild to moderate swelling for 1 week after your procedure. Cold compresses can help alleviate the swelling. Most patients report mild pain after the surgery, which is usually well-tolerated with medications.* At Medical Aesthetics 360, our concern for you doesn’t end when you go home. We’re dedicated to providing ongoing care to ensure a fast, safe, and smooth recovery. Our doctor will see you for post-operative visits, and he and our staff stand ready to answer any questions you may have about your recovery, as well as your overall health and well-being.

 

A note on Asian blepharoplasty

East Asian blepharoplasty, also known as “double eyelid surgery”, is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped (blepharoplasty). The purpose of the procedure is to create an upper eyelid with a crease (i.e. “double eyelid”) from an eyelid that is naturally without a crease (also known as a “single eyelid”).