Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Overview

Cosmetic eyelid surgery which is also known as blepharoplasty can help in restoring a more youthful and rested appearance to the eyes. The procedure is all about removing the excess skin for correcting drooping of the upper lids and excess fat for removing bags under your eyes.

Indications

Many people begin to notice a tired appearance around their eyes which can be characterized by fullness or puffiness in their eyelids caused by accumulation of skin and/ or fat. However, the condition can be cured with the help of blepharoplasty.

Prior to Surgery

The optometrist in Glendale will first discuss your concern, your expectations, and medical history. He will check your vision and make sure that your tear production is normal. If there is excessive laxity in the lower eyelids, you may need a different surgery.

Anesthesia

In most of the eyelid surgeries, general anesthesia is used but in some cases, local anesthetic with IV sedation can be used.

The Procedure

A detailed map of the skin and fat to be removed is drawn on the skin using special marking pen. After this, anesthesia is given and an incision is made in the curved eyelid crease so that the scar remains hidden. After removing the fat/ skin, the incision is closed. In the lower eye lid, the incision is made inside of the eyelid. After fat removal, if there’s excessive skin, it will be trimmed by making an incision under the eyelashes.

The Postoperative Period

The first few hours after surgery will be spent in the recovery room where cold compress will be applied for minimizing the swelling. You will be asked to keep the eyes elevated for several days along with using cold compress for swelling and pain medications.

Risks and Complications

The surgery has minimal risk and complications and the chances are quite rare. Bleeding, infection, and scarring are some complications along with corneal irritation which can all be treated.

Results

The goal of the surgery is to attain a youthful look and well-rested appearance. For most people the results are permanent or at least lasts for many years.

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