The eyelids are a particularly vulnerable area to aging. Since the eyelids have some of the thinnest skin on the body, this is an area where many people show signs of aging first. Aged skin is less elastic, results in stretching and the development of folds. The eyelids may appear heavy, creating a tired appearance, and may even interfere with vision in more extreme cases. The blepharoplasty, or the eyelid lift, is a cosmetic procedure that deals specifically with signs of aging around the eyes.
A blepharoplasty is aimed to treat symptoms of aging that affect the eyes, such as fatty deposits that appear as puffiness around the upper or lower eyelids, loose skin that folds and impairs vision, and drooping lower eyelids that expose the whites of the eyes. With a blepharoplasty, you will have a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.
The surgical procedure of a blepharoplasty involves four basic steps: anesthesia, incision, incision closure, and recovery. Each of these steps may contain a number of considerations, and the procedure is tailored to meet the specific needs of every patient. For example, if wrinkling or sagging is mainly around the upper eyelids, this requires a different set of incisions than a procedure treating puffiness of the lower eyelids. Lower eyelid procedures are sometimes performed using a transconjunctival incision, an incision made inside the lower eyelid.
The results of a blepharoplasty are immediately visible, but the final results will become apparent as swelling subsides. Generally, patients are able to return to their daily activities within a week to ten days. If patients are experiencing discomfort during recovery, there are medications, ointments, and cold compresses available.
The most important step to ensuring that you achieve the best results of a blepharoplasty is consulting with experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons like Doctors Reps and Burton Sundin.