As people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the upper half of the face is getting more attention – namely the eyes. The already popular eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is seeing even more interest as people want to rejuvenate the appearance of aging, tired-looking eyes. Here, we break down what you need to know about eyelid surgery.
How eyelid surgery is performed
Eyelid surgery is done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation on an outpatient basis. Depending on your concerns, you can have surgery on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. For upper eyelids, excess skin and herniating fat are removed. If you have a hollowed appearance around your eyes, Dr. Dawes may perform a fat transfer to add volume. The small incision on the upper eyelid is hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid, so that the scar will remain hidden – one of the huge benefits of this surgery.
For lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made just below the lower eyelashes, so the resulting scar will be hidden as well. Excess fat is removed or redistributed, muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed.
Recovery from eyelid surgery only takes 1-2 weeks. Initially you’ll have bruising, swelling, discomfort and tightness around the eyes. Swelling usually subsides after about three weeks. You’ll see final results within several weeks, but scars may take up to a year to fade. Most patients are able to return to work after a week.
Men and women typically over the age of 30 seek eyelid surgery to help them turn back time and give them a more refreshed appearance around their eyes. Good candidates for surgery are in good overall health with no underlying medical conditions or illnesses that can impair healing. Candidates also have healthy facial tissues and muscles.
The results from eyelid surgery are long lasting and can be prolonged if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and good skincare regimen. If you’re interested in learning more about eyelid surgery and other ways to wake up tired-looking eyes, call 403.571.3141 today to schedule a consultation.