What is blepharoplasty?
During the course of Dr. Dorner’s practice, there has been a noticeable trend of patients wanting to improve their appearance by getting work done on their eyelids. When people reach their mid-thirties, the upper eyelids begin to sag while fatty deposits build up in the lower lids, resulting in a tired appearance. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that is commonly used to brighten up the eyes, making them more expressive and open. It rejuvenates the area that surrounds the eyes for a more rested look. Blepharoplasty has also been used to fix droopy eyelids that impair the patient’s vision.
Why should I consider blepharoplasty?
Doctors usually recommend that patients undergo blepharoplasty in cases where the upper eyelids become excessively loose and droopy to the point that they begin to interfere with the patient’s vision and make a person seem tired. Eyelid surgery is also recommended to those who have puffy upper eyelids caused by fat deposits. If you have excess skin and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids, you can benefit from the surgery as well. The procedure addresses the signs of aging and makes you look alert, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
What happens during blepharoplasty?
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Dorner may give the patient the option to receive local anesthesia to diminish discomfort during the surgery. When the indicated areas are numb, work begins on the upper eyelids first. An incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid, allowing doctors to remove excess skin fat and muscle tissues that contribute to the sagging. The incision will then be closed using skin adhesives, sutures, or surgical tape. If the lower eyelid also requires repair, it will be worked on after restoration on the upper eyelid is done. Incisions for the lower eyelids are usually made just below the eyelashes, also following the natural crease to minimize scarring. As an outpatient procedure, blepharoplasty is usually completed within two hours, depending on the extent of restoration required by the patient.
What about recovery?
Typically, a lubricating ointment is prescribed to protect the eyes from drying out following blepharoplasty and, because of this, the patient may experience temporarily blurred vision. Light sensitivity, double vision, and excessive tearing are also some of the most common after effects of blepharoplasty. Immediately after the procedure, the incisions will also appear to be red and swollen, and the eyelids may feel numb and puffy for a few days. Bruising around the eyes may also last for about a week after the procedure. In this case, a cold compress applied gently onto the treated area can help bring down the swelling. If the patients feel any discomfort after the treatment, doctors usually prescribe pain relievers to manage the pain. However, pain medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, and other drugs that increase bleeding are not advisable.