What Is Blepharoplasty, and How Can It Help You Look Your Best?

May 21st, 2018
lazy eyes

As we age, drooping eyelids come with the territory. Unfortunately, this natural effect of aging can make people look less energetic than they really are.

Blepharoplasty – more commonly known as eyelid rejuvenation – can greatly improve the appearance of your upper and lower eyelids, ensuring that you look your best at every moment. If you’re searching for an alternative to more invasive procedures such as brow lifts, read on to learn how this simple surgery can leave your entire face with a youthful, energetic look.

What Can I Expect?

Blepharoplasty is a short procedure during which a surgeon reshapes the eyelids to minimize any fat or muscle that causes them to sag. During the procedure, the surgeon will form a small incision underneath the lash line or just inside of the eyelid, remove excess fat or muscle, and sew the incision together, creating a taut crease in the process.

As a minimally invasive procedure, blepharoplasty is well-suited to a wide array of patients. Most patients in good health and without serious eye conditions will be good candidates. Your surgeon will be able to determine the surgical technique that’s best for you and tell you about the kind of results you can expect.

After the Operation

Blepharoplasty usually entails a short recovery period. Most patients are able to resume daily activities within a week or so of surgery. Many patients will suffer from temporary bruising and swelling in the first 48 hours after the procedure, but these symptoms can be effectively alleviated by gently applying cold compresses to the eyes. Light aerobic exercise such as short walks will also promote healing.

Blepharoplasty rarely results in long-term complications. Since the incisions are made in places that are hidden within the eye, there shouldn’t be any visible scarring. Any stitches will be removed after a week, and complete recovery should follow after about two weeks.

Though your procedure will correct some of your eyelid sagging permanently, it’s important to remember that you will continue to age naturally. Habitual sun protection – sunscreen, eyelids, hats, etc. – will help you maintain your results.

Like any form of cosmetic surgery, blepharoplasty is a significant commitment. If you’re exploring the procedure yourself, the experts at the Swagel Wootton Eye Institute can help you make an informed decision. Schedule an appointment online at our Mesa or Chandler locations.