As we age, our skin tends to lose elasticity and can sag or become droopy. The eye area is particularly susceptible to sagging, since the skin is so delicate. To correct this issue, a person might choose to undergo eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.
This procedure is almost exclusively performed on an outpatient basis and requires minimal downtime. It can be performed to address cosmetic concerns, medical issues, or both.
Blepharoplasty surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia may be used for anxious or nervous patients. Patients may choose to have this procedure on their upper or lower eyelids, or both. Depending on these choices, the procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are adults who are in overall good health and do not smoke or suffer from serious eye conditions. Healthy facial tissue and muscles are also important for optimal healing and results following surgery.
Though swelling and bruising around the eye area will be prevalent immediately following surgery, these symptoms will eventually subside. The results of the eyelid procedure can be noticed immediately and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery.
A qualified and experienced surgeon will try their hardest to conceal the surgery scars. The incision is hidden in the crease of the eyelid in an upper blepharoplasty, and just below the lashes in a lower blepharoplasty. Over time, the scars will fade until they are unnoticeable.
The results of eyelid surgery tend to be long-lasting. While surgery does not stop the aging process, many people are happy with their results and do not seek a follow-up procedure. Routine sun protection and skincare will help to preserve and maintain results.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Okatie
If you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery or any of the other procedures that we offer, or have any questions, contact us today at 843.705.8940 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.