The appearance of droopy eyelids naturally resulting from age, or due to heredity, can create heavy looking eyelids that cause you to look older, and may even block the upper field of vision. Luckily, there is now an effective and long-lasting solution available with the upper blepharoplasty procedure.
What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?
An “eyelid lift”, or upper eyelid blepharoplasty, is an effective procedure that involves removing excessive upper eyelid skin in order to achieve an enhanced eyelid, and more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty is sometimes referred to as a “double eyelid surgery,” which can help improve vision, and restore a youthful look. This procedure enhances eyelids, and can have your vibrant and glowing eyes more visible again. It is also the type of eye surgery that is often requested by many Asian patients because of its designed ability to create an eyelid.
How To Prepare for Eyelid Surgery
Prior to eyelid surgery, the patient should have a detailed examination and consultation about the blepharoplasty procedure. Any concerns, potential risks, and all the benefits associated with the procedure can be discussed. The patient should follow the doctor’s preoperative instructions carefully, as well as thoroughly review the post-operative instructions prior to the scheduled surgery date. This will allow the patient to prepare any desired medications for pain relief, or necessary items such as gel packs, artificial tears, and gauze to be available at home following surgery.
Is General Anesthesia Required?
With Dr. Chang’s technique, an upper blepharoplasty does not require general anesthesia, it is typically done under local anesthesia. This means the patient is not required to be asleep during the duration of the actual procedure.
Recovery Time For Eyelid Surgery
Patients usually no not require a long recovery time after blepharoplasty. Bruising and swelling is typically the most visible the day after surgery, however it tends to quickly decrease. During the first 48 hours, the use of cool compresses can greatly reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face. Light activity, such as walking, can also help to speed the healing process. Thin bandages that are placed over the incision sites can typically be removed within a few days, while the stitches may remain in the skin for about a week.
Most people typically return to normal activities in approximately seven to 10 days following blepharoplasty. In an average of two weeks after eyelid surgery, patients can expect to see the majority of bruising and swelling has faded.
Are There Any Risks ?
As with any surgery, there are potential risks. However, the chance of risk associated with upper blepharoplasty is typically minimal. The major risks include: infection, bleeding, scarring, inability to close eyes, dry eye, abnormal eyelid position, double vision, and loss of vision. However,chance of experiencing any major risks are slim.
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of drooping eyelids, and are looking to obtain a more youthful appearance, an upper blepharoplasty could be the answer you have been looking for. If you are interested in experiencing the revolutionary results this procedure provides, reach out to us here at Torrey Pines Dermatology to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!