What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is commonly known as Eyelid Surgery, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower lids, or both.
Benefits of Eyelid surgery
It can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. It may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision. Blepharoplasty can be combined with Ultherapy or BOTOX® treatments to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes.
Eyelid Surgery procedure
The procedure is usually performed in an office with local anesthesia and lasts 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how much work is done. Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes on the lower lids). Dr. Potozkin removes excess tissue through these incisions and then stitches them closed with fine sutures. For lower lids we perform transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.
Stitches are removed after seven days and most people return to work in ten. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. The effects of blepharoplasty can last for a long time and are sometimes even permanent.
Are results permanent?
Upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years. If your lids sag again, a forehead lift rather than another eye lift may be the preferred procedure.
Eyelid Surgery Risks and Complications
- Swelling and bruising
- Bleeding from the incision lines
- Dryness to the eyes
- Sensitivity to sun or other bright light
- Difficulty closing your eyes
- Ectropion, an outward rolling of the eyelid
- Lid lag, a pulling down of the lower eyelid may occur and is often temporary
- Temporary or even permanent change in vision, and very rare chance of blindness
- Unfavorable scarring
Schedule a consultation
For any questions about Eyelid surgery procedure, Call My Beauty MD today 925.838.4900 to schedule your consultation to see if this procedure is the right one for you.