Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to help patients deal with cosmetic problems like puffy bags and loose or saggy skin around the eyes. This procedure can be performed on only the upper or the lower eyelid or both upper and lower eyelids of one or both eyes. Any drooping skin that affects your vision can be removed as can any other excess skin or fat. Furthermore, you can also get tighter muscles and tissues around your eyes, giving you a younger appearance.
More About Blepharoplasty
- The procedure: During the surgery, you will be sedated and will be put under local anesthesia. Sometimes, general anesthesia may also be used when patients are extremely nervous. Depending on the what needs to be done, the procedure can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours. Incision(s) are made in your eyelid(s), after which tissue/muscle tightening and removal of excess fat and skin may be done. Then, sutures are used to close the incisions and gauze is wrapped around the area. It should be noted that to undergo this treatment, you should not have any serious eye problems. In addition, you must be healthy. It is also better if you do not smoke.
- Recovery: You can resume your routine work in a few days but should avoid any strenuous activity for a minimum of 2 weeks. Stitches will generally be removed around four days after the completion of the surgical procedure. Again, for at least 2 weeks, you should not use contact lenses and any make up. Common side effects include swelling, which subsides within a couple of weeks. Bruising may also be there. Very rarely, you may require a repeat surgery. The procedure usually provides results that last for a very long time.
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