Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or ‘Bleph’ for short, changes the way the skin folds on the upper eyelid and improves the skin’s appearance below the eye. This cosmetic enhancement reduces the ‘worn down’ appearance caused by age or stress. With time, the folds above the eye begin to sag and the skin below the eye darkens and appears to have a fatty deposit. An upper and/or lower blepharoplasty is designed to reduce these signs of aging by surgically reducing the amount of skin in the relevant areas. This is a great anti-aging procedure that can drastically create a naturally bright-eyed and youthful appearance.
Common problems that can be treated by the Blepharoplasty are:
- Chronic bags under your eyes
- Fatty deposits
- Sagging skin that may impair vision
- Excess skin and wrinkles
- Drooping lower eyelids
If you’re looking to enhance your eyes or maybe you’re suffering from a common sight problem, a Blepharoplasty may be what you need to improve your eyes.
Risks and Safety
Like any enhancement, procedure or surgery, risks always pose a threat. The Blepharoplasty, although sounds minor, does affect your eyes and can bring upon vision trouble post procedure. Other risks that are possible include:
- Lid lag or the pulling down of the lower lid
- Temporary or permanent visual changes
- Unappealing scarring
Prior to fully making your decision, be sure to check out all of the risks associated with a Blepharoplasty. Be sure to have all of your questions answered with your provider and make sure you are fully confident in your decision.
When preparing for your Bleph, be sure to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. Stopping any aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications is crucial to prevent excess bleeding post procedure. If you’re a smoker, aside from quitting in general, be sure to stop prior to your surgery as this can increase bleeding as well as prolong recovery time. Having your health in the best condition possible is best. Be sure to go through proper lab testing, eat a healthy diet, get enough rest and exercise leading up to your procedure.
Each Blepharoplasty varies by patient depending on the eye anatomy, the overall health, medications, severity of the case etc. Each enhancement follows 4 general steps to achieve the overall goal cosmetically and/or medically.
Step 1: Anesthesia is given for your comfort during the procedure
Step 2: The incision is made in an inconspicuous manner to promote the concealing of scars once healed. Depending on your anatomy and the collaboration of both you and your doctor will determine the exact location for the incision to be made.
Step 3: All incisions are closed usually with sutures or skin glue.
Step 4: Results of your surgery won’t truly be noticeable until the swelling is reduced and bruising subsides. Actual time periods of noticing optimal results vary according to the specific patient and case.
The Blepharoplasty yields life long results. Although it is not guaranteed, it is expected but other surgeries may be necessary. Minor pain is reported with the surgery but swelling and bruising take a good 10-14 days to fully subside although some have reported it takes a couple months to fully recover. It’s incredibly important to maintain good sun protection once the surgery has taken place as the sun can affect the long lasting results. Following your post-operative instructions given to you from your doctor is the best way to go about achieving the highest results.
Our doctors at Regeneris Medical are skilled and devoted to making sure you look your best. Whether you have fully decided to undergo a Blepharoplasty or are still considering your options, we’d love to help you in this decision process. Contact us for a consultation.