What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also called Blepharoplasty, is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, however, it is also an efficient way to enhance sight in individuals whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision.
Blepharoplasty is frequently used to rejuvenate the appearance of the face – it may be done in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a forehead lift, facelift, injectables or laser skin resurfacing.
You could consider blepharoplasty if droopy or sagging eyelids prevent your eyes from opening fully or pull your lower eyelids downwards. Eliminating surplus tissue from the upper and lower eyelids can enhance your appearance and oftentimes also your eyesight.
Who is an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery?
To help determine if blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is ideal for you, it’s important to research the advantages and risks of this potential procedure.
Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals that are in good health and that have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, however, if droopy eyelids is something that runs in your family, you might choose to have this surgery earlier in life.
An eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty may be right for you if you have:
- Bags under your eyes
- Droopy or baggy upper eyelids
- Excessive skin on your upper eyelids that interferes with your overall vision
- Excessive skin on your upper eyelids that causes issues with your peripheral vision
- Excessive skin on your lower eyelids that pulls down the lower lid
What results should I expect after eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery alone might not lead to your dream appearance or change your facial structure, so before deciding to have this surgery, consider your goals for results and share them with your surgeon during a consultation at Charlotte Plastic Surgery.
After eyelid surgery, you’ll have stitches in your lids, which can remain in place for a few days up to about a week. It’s not uncommon to experience swelling and sometimes bruising can occur, however, your eyelids should return to normal within a couple of weeks. Most patients have been presentable to the general public within 10-14 days, but it might take a couple of months before full recovery is finished.
Although eyelid surgery can last for decades, general aging and weight changes can cause the eyelid skin to begin to sag again. The skin of the eyelids is very thin and more susceptible to the effects of gravity, and oftentimes a secondary surgery might be necessary down the road. Some patients may also consider a brow lift to further enhance the appearance of the eye-area.
Following after care instructions from your surgeon is vital for a healthy recovery after an eyelid surgery. During the healing process, incisions should not be exposed to excess pressure, abrasion or movement. Furthermore, continuing sun protection can help to keep your results in good condition.
Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions about the best way to take care of yourself following an eyelid surgery.