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What is eyelid surgery?

Posted October 30, 2021 in Eyelid Surgery

Smiling blond woman wearing a striped shirtEyelid surgery, also known as “blepharoplasty,” can be done for cosmetic or medical reasons. It is a procedure that you may not have known existed, but one that can change your life! Read on for some things you should know about blepharoplasty. 

  1. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. It removes loose or sagging skin, fat that makes eyelids look puffy and gives you those unsightly bags under the eyes, and can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles. We all know how our eyes can reveal so much; blepharoplasty can help you to look younger and can help so that you don’t look so tired all the time.
  2. Eyelid surgery can be combined with another procedure such as a face or brow lift, for maximum effect.
  3. Having eyelid surgery can improve your appearance – but it is also done for other reasons. Excess skin around the eyes can cause functional problems with eyelids and can reduce your field of vision, which can be both annoying and dangerous.
  4. Eyelid surgery takes less than 2 hours and is an outpatient procedure.
  5. Downtime after blepharoplasty is minimal – patients can usually return to work in about 2 days, although you should avoid strenuous activity for about a week.
  6. Most patients report little pain after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication is typically enough for patients to find relief. There will be some bruising and swelling, but ice packs can help. Patients should avoid rubbing their eyes and being around smoke, sleep with the head elevated higher than the chest, and not wear contact lenses for about 2 weeks. They should also protect their eyes from the sun and wind by wearing dark sunglasses.

Eyelid surgery can make a dramatic difference – it can make you look younger and make your eyes look less tired and more alert. But it can also help if your eyelids are obscuring your vision, which is not only annoying but can be very unsafe. Call Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina for a blepharoplasty consultation. Call (919) 785-0505 for an appointment today!