Droopy eyelids, dark circles under your eyes or puffiness around the eyes are common complaints people have with the area around their eyes. They are often hereditary or simply part of the natural aging process. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to turn back the clock on aging eyes. The procedure tightens or removes sagging skin around the eyes, resulting in a more youthful and well-rested look. In the U.S., eyelid surgery is the most common facial procedure and tops the list for many other countries as well.
You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have excess skin above or below your eyelids and it affects your appearance or bothers you in any way. Ultimately, your doctor or plastic surgeon will determine that you are an ideal candidate if you have excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness in the upper eyelids, excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid, bags under the eyes and/or drooping of the lower eyelids. You may also be an ideal candidate if you have loose or sagging skin that causes folds or affects the natural contour of the upper eyelid -- especially if it impairs your vision. In addition, like anyone considering plastic surgery, your general health history should be good and you should be a nonsmoker.
What to Expect
The first step is a consultation with a plastic surgeon to go over your specific goals so the surgeon can tailor the procedure to those expectations. At the consultation, the doctor will examine your eyes and face, take pictures and measurements and ultimately recommend a course of treatment. The surgery itself is performed under general anesthesia, but is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you can likely return home to rest the same day of the surgery, but you will not be able to drive.
Following the procedure, you will have a few small stitches along the crease of your eyelid, and you may also have a bandage wrapped over your eyes. Avoid wearing contacts for at least a week -- ideally two weeks. For women, it is best to avoid makeup for two weeks, as well, in order to give your eyelids time to recover. By waiting two weeks after surgery, you will help guarantee the incision area is healed and you decrease the risk of infection. Lastly, minimize contact with your recovering eyelids to help reduce swelling.
To learn more about eyelid surgery at Monarch, click here or feel free to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. We also have an extensive library of before and after photos to give you an idea of what type of results you can expect.