As people age, and because of specific genetic factors, the top or bottom eyelids may begin to droop or sag. A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure which will improve the appearance of sagging or drooping eyelids and even help to address some vision problems associated with the condition.
Causes of Drooping Eyelids
There are many different issues which can cause a change in the appearance of the upper or lower eyelids. These may include fatty tissue deposits, relaxation of the muscles of the forehead or face or the loss of elasticity in the skin around the eyes contributing to wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.
Meeting with a Cosmetic Surgeon
Meeting with a cosmetic surgeon for a consultation is the first step in determining if blepharoplasty is right for you. For some individuals there may be other procedures which are less invasive to address other areas of concern. These may include a facelift or a brow lift in conjunction with the eyelid surgery. Botox or other dermal fillers may also be a consideration.
It is important to talk to the cosmetic surgeon about what you expect from the blepharoplasty. Your surgeon will also provide you with images of what the procedure will look like after your recovery.
The goal of the surgeon completing your blepharoplasty is to choose natural locations to mask the incision site, thus reducing any visible scars after recovery. An incision will be made in the crease of the eye and the underlying tissue will be removed or reconstructed, including tightening up any muscles to give a smooth look to the upper or lower eyelid.
It is not uncommon for a blepharoplasty to take about two hours, but this will depend on the specifics of the procedure. Most of these surgeries are done in a clinical setting with no hospitalization required after the procedure, but you will not be able to drive and will need help for a day or two.
The Recovery Time
There will be bruising and swelling after a blepharoplasty and this is normal. You will typically experience this swelling and discoloration for about 1 to 3 weeks post procedure. Individuals with contacts will not be able to use them for at least 2 weeks or until your doctor indicates you can resume use.
It is important to realize the small incisions will be visible for about 4 to 6 months until they fade to very fine lines. The results of a blepharoplasty will be permanent for some, but with others, the eyelids may eventually, over time, begin to sag and droop again.
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