Blepharoplasty is a big word with a simple meaning. It means cosmetic surgery done on the eyelids. Some patients opt for this surgery to correct a congenital defect while others just want to improve the way their eyes look. Regardless of why you are considering blepharoplasty, the first step is educating yourself about the procedure and what you can expect from it.
Why Get a blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is performed to fix specific problems around the eyes. It could be related to aging like wrinkles or be a functional concern that interferes with vision. Some common reasons the doctor may recommend blepharoplasty include:
- Loose, saggy upper lid skin
- The eyelid doesn’t follow the natural contour and impairs vision
- Fatty deposits causing the eyelids to look puffy
- Bags under the eyes
- A droopy lower lid
- Excess skin on lower lid
For many people, blepharoplasty offers a way to rejuvenate their eyes, giving them a younger, brighter look by removing fine wrinkles and tightening the skin.
Blepharoplasty is done under either sedation or general anesthesia. Once you are out, the doctor will make one or more incisions, placed to conceal any resulting scars within the natural structures of the eyes. For example, an incision to fix the upper lid will be hidden in the crease.
During the procedure, the surgeon may:
- Remove or reposition excess fat
- Tighten the muscles
- Remove excess skin
Once the corrections are complete, the skin is closed using removable sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape.
What are The Risks?
Issues like a reaction to the anesthesia or infection are possible with any surgical procedure. Other risks to be aware of with blepharoplasty include:
- Bleeding from the incisions
- Eye dryness
- Difficulty closing your eyes
- Ectropion – lid rolling
- Temporary droop of the lower lid
Serious complications like eye injury or changes in vision are exceedingly rare.
Initially, you can expect a considerable degree of swelling and bruising. This is a natural response to the surgery. Within a few days, the swelling and discoloration will start to fade, revealing smoother skin and better definition.
The staff will provide you with instructions for post-op care. This may include applying cold compresses and lubricating ointment as you heal. The doctor may prescribe medication to improve the healing process and reduce the risk of infection, as well.
It will be necessary to protect your eyes and skin from the sun during the recovery period. The doctor will advise you to wear sun protection and dark sunglasses when going outdoors even for short periods.
Who Qualifies for Blepharoplasty?
It is up to the doctor to decide if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty, but there are specific criteria that improve your chances of success.
- You should be healthy with no medical problems that may interfere with healing such as diabetes.
- Preferably be a non-smoker
- Have a clear understanding of your goals for the procedure
- Be free of any serious eye problems
The physician will do a full evaluation of your face to determine if blepharoplasty is the right choice for you.
If you have questions about blepharoplasty, contact the office of Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise or call 973-305-1400, and learn more about the procedure and what it can do for you.