Are your eyelids not symmetric? Do your eyes give you the appearance that you are always tired? Do you have wrinkles under your eyes? Or do you have big, saggy, and hideous eye bags? Why not have blepharoplasty done? It’s a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on reshaping eyelids. We tell you more about this procedure here.
As you age, excess fat may accumulate above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older, sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your peripheral vision, especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
Who are good candidates for reshaping eyelids? These patients usually have the following:
- Drooping or hooded upper eyelids
- Impaired peripheral vision
- Eyes feeling and looking tired and heavy
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Bags or puffiness under the eyes
- Single eyelid (for Asian patients wanting to create a double eyelid)
Plastic surgeons perform this procedure in an outpatient setting. Your surgeon first injects numbing medication into your eyelids and may administer medications to help you relax too. He or she then cuts along the fold of the eyelid, removes some excess skin, muscle and fat, and closes the cut. After surgery you spend time in a recovery room, where you are monitored for complications. You can leave later that day to recuperate at home.
A blepharoplasty procedure usually requires up to three hours max to complete. Post-operatively, the initial swelling and bruising will subside and resolve with two weeks. However, the final, stable results of the blepharoplastic correction will only become apparent after several months. Most patients who undergo eyelid reshaping will take between one to two weeks off from work too, depending on the amount of physical activity involved in their line of work.
There are three main types of eyelid reshaping procedures. If you want to know more, stick around and we will keep you posted!