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What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) is commonly performed to remove bags under the eyes or correct drooping eyelids, conditions that can make you look years older than you really are. Sometimes, droopy eyelids can even impair your vision.
Eyelid surgery may be recommended for anyone with baggy eyes or drooping eyelids who wants to look younger and more alert. It is also helpful for patients whose vision is impaired by droopy eyelids.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can restore a more youthful appearance while helping diminish puffy, saggy eyelids that can make you look older than you really are. In addition, after your cosmetic eyelid surgery, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
- More youthful, alert looking eyes.
- Potentially improved vision as a result of removing saggy eyelids that can drop into or obscure your field of vision.
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
You may be asked to have lab testing or a medical evaluation done to rule out any external issues that may interfere with your surgery. You may also be asked to start, discontinue, or adjust your current medication schedule. You’ll recover more quickly if you stop smoking, and you should avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines, or any herbal supplements as these can increase bleeding.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Depending on whether the upper or lower eyelids (or both) are affected, different incisions will be made around the natural curvature of the eyelid region to help conceal scarring. Excess fat may be removed or redistributed to help reduce the puffiness and sagging of the eyes and lesson the look of bags under the eyes. Depending on your unique situation, muscles may be repositioned or tightened to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
You can expect to be back to work within a few days of surgery, although complete recovery from eyelid surgery may take a few weeks. Bruising, swelling and some discomfort are part of the recovery process and can typically be relieved with cold compresses and oral medication prescribed by Dr. Aycock.