What Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is performed on the upper or lower eyelids to remove excess fat and skin. The procedure can be performed for either medical or cosmetic purposes. As we age, the loss of collagen in our skin can lead to the drooping of facial features including the skin under or over the eyes.

Why Do People Undergo Blepharoplasty?

There are many reasons why blepharoplasty is medically necessary. The weakening of the eyelid muscles can lead to a condition called ptosis, the drooping of the eyes. When excess skin and fat accumulates it can lead to dermatochalasis; both conditions can be problematic. Visual field loss can make reading difficult and there can also be other peripheral vision issues.

What are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?

Improved Field of Vision

After the surgery, your vision will greatly improve, especially your peripheral vision. While the changes will be small at first, you will continuously see improvements over several weeks.

Younger Looking Appearance

If you undergo a blepharoplasty surgery for cosmetic purposes, it can improve and enhance your appearance. Once the loss of collagen production has begun due to aging, blepharoplasty surgery can repair drooping eyelids and make you look younger.

Boost in Confidence

Getting rid of that tired look can greatly improve your self-esteem and restore your confidence. Many people who have undergone the surgery say their social life has greatly improved.

Minimal Scarring

Because the incisions are so small, you don’t have to worry about any scarring. The incisions also heal up very quickly.

Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

The person who is a good candidate must be in good health, a non-smoker, and someone who does not have any type of severe conditions with the eyes. When you go to Dr. Rivela for surgery, you will be give a thorough facial examination. The doctor will look at your eyes, eyelids, and how those conditions are affecting you medically. During the consultation, your doctor will also answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

What to Expect

After the blepharoplasty surgery, the small cuts around your eyes may cause you to feel some soreness. You will also feel some tightness, watering of the eyes, itchiness, and light sensitivity. Be sure to keep your eyes clean and dry. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help with any pain and discomfort you may be experiencing. If there are stitches, they will be taken out in a few days. You should see the full results within three months.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lucian Rivela by filling out our online contact form on the website. We will have someone get in touch with you asap.