When you think about cosmetic facial procedures, the tendency is to only think about the facelift, but cosmetic surgery can involve not only the face but also the eyelids, ears, chin, and neck. Today we are answering common questions about eyelid surgery known as blepharoplasty.
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, removes a small amount of skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids to rejuvenate the eyes and remove overhanging upper lids or bags under the eyes. In an upper blepharoplasty, a cut is made within the crease of the upper lid, and skin and tissue are removed as needed. In a lower blepharoplasty, the incision is typically made just inside the lower eyelid or in some cases just beneath the lashes.
How Do I Know if I Am a Candidate for This Surgery?
You might be a candidate for eyelid surgery if the upper eyelids sag and hang over your eyes. The excess skin may impair your vision in some cases. Most people have bags under their eyes or have droopy lower eyelids. A good candidate for this surgery should be in good general health, a non-smoker, and have positive goals and outlook for the procedure.
How long does it take to recover from a Blepharoplasty?
Generally, any discomfort should go away within a day or two but pain medication or Tylenol provided or recommended by your doctor can help if needed. Resting and elevating your head and using cold compresses the first few days will help alleviate swelling and bruising. The stitches will usually be removed within five to seven days. It may take several weeks before the results are fully visualized.
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