Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or an eye lift, can correct bags under the eyes as well as drooping, sagging or puffy upper or lower eyelids. By eliminating excess muscle, fat and skin, this procedure helps patients achieve a younger, fresher and more alert appearance. In addition, if the loose or sagging skin disturbs the natural contours of the eyelids and impairs vision, blepharoplasty can help.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for blepharoplasty is an adult in good general physical condition with healthy facial tissue and muscles. It also helps to have realistic goals for improvement of the eyelids and surrounding areas. If you smoke, or have eye diseases (glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina), thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes, you must tell your doctor.
What to Expect
Your plastic surgeon will place the incision lines for your blepharoplasty so that scars are well concealed within the natural folds of the eyelid. A drooping upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Alternately, a transconjunctival incision (hidden inside the lower eyelid) can be used to correct lower eyelid conditions.
Eyelid incisions are typically closed with removable or absorbable sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape.
After the procedure
You will be given specific instructions after cosmetic surgery, including:
- How to care for your eyes
- Medications to apply or take orally
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon
Initially after surgery, you may have swelling, bruising, irritation, dry eyes or discomfort. Your cosmetic surgeon may recommend medication, cold compresses and ointment. You must avoid exposure to the sun and use darkly tinted glasses until you have completely healed.
The results of your blepharoplasty will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside.