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Every year thousands of men and women enjoy a rejuvenated look with eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. Also called an “eyelid lift”, the positive effects of this surgery can last for up to 15 years. Although some people actually are born with puffy lower eyelids, for most of us it’s a sign of aging. As you get older, your eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat can accumulate around the eyes causing “bags”.
Whatever the reason, there is no need to look tired when you don’t feel tired. Eyelid surgery removes fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The best candidates for this surgery generally are men and women 30 years and older.
The Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty Surgery Procedure
Before eyelid surgery, the surgeon marks the areas where incisions will be made. To minimize scarring, these marks follow the natural lines and creases of the upper and lower eyelids. Fat, excess skin and muscle may be removed during the procedure and fine sutures make the incision.
Eyelid surgery can be performed in an office-based facility, outpatient surgical center or hospital. It usually is performed on an outpatient basis, not requiring an overnight stay. Local anesthesia typically is used with some intravenous sedation. The procedure can take one to three hours, depending on the areas being treated.
In younger patients it now is possible to remove fat from the lower lids by employing a procedure known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This procedure consists of making incisions inside the lower eyelid that leave no visible scar. This procedure works best on younger patients whose skin is elastic.
After Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty Surgery
Postoperative pain is usually mild and relieved with oral medications. You may resume exercise within three weeks. Swelling and bruising will subside in a few weeks; it is important to elevate the head while sleeping. Sutures are removed within the first week of surgery. Within 10 to 14 days, most people return to work or social situations and feel comfortable in public with makeup covering the incision lines. Scars will be either on the inside of your eyelid or hidden in the crease and typically fade very quickly.
Of course, as with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with eyelid surgery, which should be discussed with a qualified physician.