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As we age, our eyelids feel and look heavier. Sagging or puffy skin may develop above or below the eye, creating the illusion of tiredness. Blepharoplasty reverses this effect, transforming the face to create a younger appearance.

Not just a cosmetic surgery, blepharoplasty also helps to restore peripheral vision as the area around the eye opens up. In more serious cases, the excess tissue above the eye makes it difficult or impossible to open the eyes completely. Sagging below the eye may also cause dry eyes as it exposes living tissue to the air.

Reasons to Have a Blepharoplasty

  • You wish to remove the puffiness above or below your eyes.
  • The sensation of weight above or below your eyes is bothersome.
  • Your vision is being hindered and you want to expand your range of vision.
  • The use of your eyes is impaired by excess tissue.
  • Your eye health is affected by puffy skin below your eyes.

Preparing for your Blepharoplasty

When getting ready for any surgery, it's important to avoid substances that interfere with bleeding and skin health. This means no smoking or anti-inflammatory pain medicine (like Aspirin, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen). Before your surgery, you will have a consultation to discuss your medical history and medications.

On the day of your blepharoplasty, you will be asked to keep your face clear of makeup and jewelry. You may also be asked to come in on an empty stomach.

Recovering from Outpatient Surgery

During the first stage of recovery, it's important to keep the area clean. Have ice packs or cold compresses handy to keep swelling down. You may be prescribed an antibiotic ointment or other cleaning method.

After 10-15 days, most blepharoplasty patents are comfortable in public without eye covering, though the marks will still be apparent for about 1-2 months. It is recommended to refrain from exercise until the area is completely healed.

Surgery Outcomes

Blepharoplasty is a quick outpatient procedure sometimes requiring one follow-up. The clearing effect of blepharoplasty generally lasts 12 to 15 years and 95% of patients love their new look!

There may be medical or cosmetic side effects to eyelid surgery. Minor complications occur once in every 600 cases, most often swelling or redness under the eyes that can be corrected with further surgery. In rare instances, there may be noticeable scarring or undesired aesthetic changes. Consult with a specialist on possible outcomes before scheduling your blepharoplasty.

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