Blepharoplasty is commonly known as eyelid surgery and it is the removal of excess fat and sagging skin around the eye area. Blepharoplasty helps rejuvenate the appearance of the eye by reducing puffiness and tightening the skin around the eyes. Aside from its cosmetic benefits, upper and lower eyelid surgery help improve vision by lifting hooded or droopy eyelids.
Patients will undergo general anesthesia and this procedure takes place at the Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center located in Pasadena, CA. Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places–the creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes on the lower lids. Dr. Kay will remove excess tissue through these incisions and then stitch them closed with fine sutures. In the case that no skin needs to be removed, Dr. Kay will likely perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars. Stitches are removed three days after the surgery and patients can resume wearing contact lenses after a few weeks.
Upper eyelid surgery takes about 30 minutes, while a lower-lid surgery can be done in 40 minutes. Together, upper and lower eyelid surgeries take approximately 2 hours.
As we age, our skin loses elasticity and thins out. Thinning of the skin causes fat pads under the skin, particularly the eye region, to become more visible and causes the skin to sag. The ideal candidate for a surgical blepharoplasty will have concerns of puffiness and sagging skin in the eye area.
This surgery is generally safe, however, risks and complications are a possibility. Common risks associated with blepharoplasty include bleeding, temporary blurred vision, infection, and scarring, as well as possible reactions from anesthesia. Typical side effects include dry eyes.
The full recovery of blepharoplasty takes about six months, but patients will have the most serious bruising and swelling during the first week. Sleeping in the upright position and icing periodically is recommended. Patients will return to our office seven days after their procedure to check in and remove sutures.
Patients are advised not to participate in any strenuous activities for a minimum of two weeks. Patients should not wear contacts for one week, post-surgery, and should wear dark glasses to reduce irritability of the sensitive eyes. Patients can return to work after resting for a full week.
The results of a surgical blepharoplasty are permanent. However, as we age, our skin continues to lose elasticity and sagging can recur. In some cases, patients will opt for a second procedure to maintain results.
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