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Eyelid Surgery Guide


Eyelid surgery is your path to the fountain of youth. Aging causes the skin in the eye area to lose its elasticity. The muscles supporting the eyes become weaker, and fat cells migrate to undesirable areas of the face. This causes puffiness and wrinkles. They are among the first signs of aging people notice about their eyes. These cosmetic concerns are often hard to overlook because they become more obvious and common with age. Using makeup, beauty treatments, and health supplements to camouflage the effects of aging around the eyes is not ideal for the long run. Continue reading this guide to learn the many benefits of eyelid surgery.

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is another term for surgical procedures used to eliminate lines, wrinkles, and puffiness in the eye area. Surgery is also an effective solution to recontour the size and shape of the eyelid to improve its appearance and function. Patients can use one or a combination of the following surgical eyelid procedures to achieve their desired results. Surgery may seem like a dramatic option to transform the appearance of tired, old, and puffy eyes, but it’s not.

Upper eyelid

Surgery on the upper eyelid removes extra skin from the area. Depending on the patient, it may also be necessary to tighten the skin and muscles surrounding the eyes. To perform the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in the upper area of the eyelid to extract excess fat deposits and skin tissue. Before completing the procedure and sending the patient to recovery, the surgeon may also remove a small portion of the supporting muscles or alter them to make the skin taut. The results are wider and more alert eyes and a freshly rejuvenated appearance.

Lower eyelid

Surgery performed on the lower portion of the eye area is done to remove misplaced fat pads and skin tissue that contribute to eye puffiness and bags underneath the eyes. The surgeon may also tighten or remove some muscles in the area. Incisions are made in the outer or lower edges of the lid, underneath the rim of the eyelid or inside the eyelid itself. The exact location for incisions is determined by the surgeon’s recommendations and the patient’s overall treatment goals.

The surgeon determines the exact amount of skin and muscle adjustments necessary after evaluating each patient’s medical history and goals during their consultation.

What Is Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgery adds lines to the eyelid to improve the function or appearance of the eye. There is also a nonsurgical double eyelid procedure that is less invasive. Double eyelid alterations are used to add creases or make existing lines more prominent. Double eyelid tucks are ideal for patients who have trouble and discomfort when wearing contact lenses, experience reduced visibility due to the weight or size of their eyelids, have mismatched eyelids (a monolid on one eye and double lid on the other), want their eyes to appear larger, reduce padding or to enjoy certain eye makeup styles.

Some people are born with mono/single lids. The creases in their eyelids are nonexistent. Others are born with double eyelids, meaning their lid creases are visible. There are also people who have a combination of the two conditions. The absence of creases in the eyelid commonly affects people of Asian descent more than other cultures. Anyone can have them. Double eyelid surgery is an effective way to achieve a more western, modern, and youthful appearance.

Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?

Contrary to the way it sounds, eyelid surgery is minimally invasive. The incisions do not penetrate deeper than the superficial layers of the lid. The surgeon administers local or general anesthesia or sedatives to calm and relax patients before starting the procedure. After the procedure, patients may experience minor discomfort that is manageable with the use of over-the-counter pain and swelling reducers. Overall, the eyelid tuck is a painless way to make the eyes appear larger, younger, and more appealing.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Eyelid Surgery?

The average time to recover physically from eyelid modification surgery is two weeks. However, the most dramatic effects can take up to six months to appear. The results can take up to several months to show. Immediately after surgery, swelling, discoloration, and mild soreness in the eye area may develop that typically resolves within several days. Most patients resume their normal activities within a few weeks of their treatments. Individual recovery times may differ depending on the patient’s overall health and healing capacity, lifestyle, post-operative care routine, and extent of the work performed.

How to Clean Eyelids After Eyelid Surgery

Proper care is critical after surgery to prevent complications and ensure a speedy recovery and desired results. Do not touch the face or the surgical area without washing the hands with antibacterial soap first. Keep the eyes closed while cleaning the lids to prevent discomfort. Drench a few cotton pads or gauze with saline solution and place them on top of the eyelids for several minutes before gently wiping them, using horizontal strokes. To clean the lashes, repeat the same process, but only wipe downward, from the edge of the eyelids to the end of the lashes. Patients should clean their eyes using this process twice daily or more often, depending on their individual post-operative care plan.

How Much Is Eyelid Surgery?

There is no universal or definitive cost for blepharoplasty. Each patient’s situation is unique. Factors that determine the cost include the purpose of the treatment, the amount of surgical work performed, anesthesia, etc. A consultation with our surgeon is necessary for personalized eyelid tuck cost analysis.

How to Qualify for Eyelid Surgery

Despite its effectiveness, everyone who wants the eyelid tuck procedure does not qualify. Ideal eyelid surgery candidates are in good health, nonsmokers, over the age of 35, and have realistic expectations about the procedure, recovery process, and results. There are exceptions. A consultation with our surgeon is necessary to determine individual risks and treatment options. Alternative eyelid procedures may be more suitable for less-than-ideal candidates.

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Heavy, droopy eyelids and eye wrinkles are a common source of anxiety, poor self-esteem, and communication issues. You cannot stop the hands of time from ticking, but it is possible to reverse the aging process with surgery. Thanks to many advances in medical technology and the expertise of our board-certified surgeon, eyelid surgery is a safe and highly efficient solution that can restore proper function and an energetic and youthful appearance to the eyes. If you’re ready to get rid of that old, tired, angry, or confused appearance or to improve your ability to see, surgery may be the solution. Call our clinic or visit our website to learn more and book a consultation with our highly-experienced, board certified plastic surgeon.

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