Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. In any case, it has the benefit of producing a more youthful appearance by eliminating the signs of aging that have developed over the years. Even though the benefits are obvious, there are a few other things you should know about blepharoplasty. Below, we’ll give you a rundown of the essential information.
Cosmetic vs. Functional Blepharoplasty
The first thing to understand is the reason for choosing either cosmetic or functional blepharoplasty. While the treatments are largely similar, the goal of treatment is different. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed to reduce signs of aging in the eyes. This can include drooping eyelids, pockets of fat in the eyelids and the appearance of bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the eyes and your overall appearance in a single treatment.
Functional blepharoplasty is used to restore vision to the eyes, and typically focuses on the eyelids that are most problematic. It is common for the eyelids to droop over the eyes, interfering with your field of vision and even causing irritation. Blepharoplasty can also be used to correct ptosis by repairing the tendons responsible for holding up the eyelids.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery can be performed on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both at the same time. During the eyelid surgery procedure, incisions are made within the natural folds of the eyelids. Here, they will be well-hidden, while also allowing sufficient access to the eyelids. Once incisions are made, excess skin and fat will be removed from the eyelids to rejuvenate the appearance. Additional procedures like the brow lift can also be combined with this treatment if necessary,
What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery
After your procedure, you can expect some swelling and soreness around the eyes. In some cases, patients may experience blurred vision. For these reasons, it is important for the patient to have someone available to take them home and perhaps help them around their home for the first few days. However, most symptoms resolve within a week, and many patients find themselves fully healed within a month of treatment.
How to Get Started with Eyelid Surgery
If you are interested in learning more about blepharoplasty, or if you’re ready to get started with treatment, contact us today at Port City Plastic Surgery. We’ll help you schedule your initial consultation so that you can discuss your goals with Dr. Widenhouse.