Blepharoplasty is commonly known as eyelid surgery and has become one of the most popular procedures in facial rejuvenation. It can be performed to the upper or lower eyelids to correct saggy skin, puffy eyelids, lower eyebags and to reduce wrinkles. This procedure can provide a more “awake” and youthful appearance. Studies have shown that one of the leading traits of an attractive face in women, are the eyes followed by symmetry, nose and lips.
Eyelid surgery has gained popularity and is currently performed more than facelift surgery and rhinoplasties (nose job)
Both women and men have sought and benefited from this procedure for both upper and lower eyelids.
In general, excess skin, puffy eyelids, under eye bags, fine wrinkles to the lids, hooding of the eyelids can be addressed with this procedure.
Eyelid surgery is customized to each individual need. Some patients require surgery to reduce the excess skin and may undergo the surgery under local anesthesia. Other patients require surgery to remove the excess skin to the upper lid and at the same time to improve mobility of the eyelid by repairing the muscles involved in normal function. For the lower lids, depending on the degree of puffiness and eyebags prominence, the procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia.
The eyelid surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on the type of procedure and patient preference. The procedure takes from 45min to 2.5 hours and involves a variety of techniques to reduce the excess skin and fat surrounding the eye as well as addressing muscle tightness in specific cases. In some cases, fat grafting may also be employed in the technique for periorbital rejuvenation
In general, the recovery for this type of procedure is uneventful. You may feel some mild discomfort which improves with the use of icepacks every hour and the night after surgery.
Patients should avoid strenuous activity for the first few days and lifting heavy objects. I recommend no smoking during this period of time. Sleeping with an elevated head helps to minimize swelling and symptoms in general. Avoid non-steroidal antinflamatory medications for about a week after the surgery. Depending on the location (upper/lower blepharoplasty) you may have absorbable versus non absorbable sutures. Suture removal is performed a few days after the surgery in the office and is painless.
Periorbital rejuvenation in good hands can be achieved safely and recovery occurs in a relatively short period of time. Patients can obtain the results that they want with a good preoperative evaluation and plan as well as proper technique by Dr.Magana