What is Blepharoplasty?
Cosmetic procedures are not just for aesthetic purposes, they can also improve your quality of life. Blepharoplasty helps to reverse tired looking, aging eyes by removing problems areas, like excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelid region. An added perk of this procedure is improved vision.
The procedure is fairly quick; it takes as little as 45 minutes and is usually performed in an office and under a local anesthetic. The surgeon makes laser incisions, which are hidden in a fold within the upper and lower eyelids. Lower eyelid (transconjunctival) incisions hide stitches and leave no external scars.
The surgeon removes the excess tissue and skin through these incisions and stitches the wounds shut; stitches are removed after 5-7 days of healing – contact wearers should refrain from using their contacts for two weeks. Patients can return to work in as little as 2 to 7 days; however, their eyes may be a bit sensitive to wind and light for a bit. Your surgeon will recommend cooling eye drops and cool compresses for any temporary discomfort that you may experience.
Although blepharoplasty alone doesn’t raise eyebrows, reduce wrinkles or dark circles under the eyes, when used with laser resurfacing of the lower eyelid skin, the overall effect is quite dramatic. When combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, Restylane, facelifts, chemical peels, blepharoplasty can produce even more stunning results.
CO2 Laser Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos
The effects of this procedure are long-lasting and in some cases, may even be permanent – well worth the minor discomforts and inconvenience after the surgery. Although blepharoplasty is very safe, there are rare complications and side effects that can occur following surgery.
These rare side effects include:
- Uneven healing and scarring, and ectropion (pulling down of the lower lids)
- Adverse anesthesia reaction
- Temporary doubled or blurred vision
- Temporary swelling of eyelids
- Small whiteheads
- Difficulty closing eyes before bedtime.
Patients with thyroid problems, dry eye, high blood pressure, diabetes, detached retina, glaucoma or other health problems should consult with an ophthalmologist about eligibility.