Your delicate eye area often shows signs of aging before the rest of your face. Blepharoplasty can correct signs of aging to give you brighter, more youthful eyes. This procedure can rejuvenate your entire face by opening up your eyes and making them more visible to the world.
What is Blepharoplasty or an Eyelid Lift?
Blepharoplasty is a minor surgical procedure also known as an eyelid lift. This procedure can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. Blepharoplasty corrects the effects of aging on the eyelids. These effects include loose skin, protruding fat pads, and drooping muscles. An eyelid lift tightens skin and muscles while removing bulges of fat to give you naturally younger-looking eyes.
How Does Blepharoplasty Work?
You can have blepharoplasty on your upper or lower eyelids, depending on the areas that cause the most concern. You can also have both eyelids treated for maximum rejuvenation. Your Longwood Plastic Surgery surgeon performs both procedures under local or general anesthesia in our accredited surgical suite. Carefully hidden incisions may allow the removal of excess skin and fat with no visible scarring. You will feel no discomfort during the procedure, which may take one to three hours.
How Long is Recovery From a Blepharoplasty?
After your blepharoplasty, you can expect some minor discomfort, swelling, and bruising. These effects will improve significantly within a few days. Most people return to work within a week unless they have a physically demanding job. Your LPS surgeon will let you know when you can resume your exercise routine and other strenuous activities. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?
You may be a good candidate for an eyelid lift if you are bothered by drooping or puffy eyelids. Ideal candidates are in good health and have reasonable expectations. People planning to have blepharoplasty (or any surgery) should not smoke. You may not be a good candidate if you have certain health conditions that affect your eyes, so discuss these during your consultation. Only your LPS surgeon can determine whether blepharoplasty is safe and effective for you.
What Results Will I See After Blepharoplasty?
Swelling and bruising after your blepharoplasty will resolve within a few weeks. You may have some residual swelling for up to a few months. You will notice that your eyes look brighter and more youthful, and others may notice that you look more alert and energized. An eyelid lift is a minor procedure that produces natural-looking but dramatically youthful results.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about blepharoplasty? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.