Eyelid surgery – also known as “blepharoplasty” – can be performed for cosmetic reasons, but it is also performed for important medical reasons. Richens Eye Center can help if you need eyelid surgery, whether you are concerned about the way you look or your eyelids are causing you problems. Read on for some details about this procedure.
The blepharoplasty procedure
Eyelid surgery can be performed to remove loose or sagging skin on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both. Extra fat and skin is (unfortunately) a natural part of aging, but it is also the result of being out in the sun and wind. It can make eyelids appear puffy and creates “bags” under the eyes, and it can also create wrinkles. This can make a person look tired and older than they are.
Blepharoplasty can also remove excess skin around the eyes that is interfering with a patient’s field of vision. This is not just annoying but can be dangerous, and it can cause functional problems with the eyelids.
This procedure typically takes less than 2 hours and can be done on an outpatient basis. The doctor will inject medication to numb the area and then remove excess skin and tighten underlying muscles.
What to expect after the procedure
After the blepharoplasty procedure, there will be some bruising and swelling – ice packs can help, and over-the-counter medication can help with any pain. For a few days afterward you should sleep with your head elevated higher than your chest. Patients can usually return to work in a couple of days, but for a week after the procedure you should avoid strenuous activity and rubbing your eyes. You should also not smoke. As always, you should wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind, and you shouldn’t wear contact lenses for at least 2 weeks.
Blepharoplasty can take years off of your “facial age” by removing wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes, and it can also improve your vision. If you are interested in a blepharoplasty procedure, call the Richens Eye Center in St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV. Call our main number at (435) 986-2020 for a blepharoplasty consultation today!