Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can lift and tighten the loose skin around your eyes that develops during the natural aging process. Blepharoplasty can be performed as either a cosmetic procedure to enhance your appearance, or as a medically necessary surgery, often to help vision.
Types of Blepharoplasty
The three types of eyelid surgery are, lower blepharoplasty, upper blepharoplasty, and double blepharoplasty.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery is often preformed as a medically necessary procedure to help improve the function of the eyelid. This is done by removing the excess fat and skin that creates "heavy" eyelids, which can block vision. Upper blepharoplasty is also a popular elective cosmetic procedure, because of the youthful appearance that is left post operation.
During a lower blepharoplasty surgery, excess skin and fat is removed from the lower eyelid, this reduces wrinkles and enhances the appearance of the lower eyelid. Depending on the individual needs, some patients may have fat added under the eye to correct a "sunken" appearance.
Double blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, also called "Westernization" or "Asian eyelid surgery" is preformed to construct a more pronounced eyelid crease. Double blepharoplasty surgically creates natural looking creases in the eyelids of patients whose eye lids crease very close to the eye lashes.
The majority of patients have a short recovery time after having an eye lift. Using a cool compress during the first 48 hours after an eyelift can significantly reduce any bruising and / or swelling. Subtle bruising/ swelling can occur the day following surgery, but it normally dissipates in a short amount of time. Most patients will be able to return to normal activities 7 to 10 days following an eyelid surgery. Because of the minimal recovery time, and the outstanding results, 80% of patients who have had blepharoplasty surgery say that it was worth it.