Drooping, wrinkled eyelids appear as a part of aging, making a person appear older and perpetually tired. Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid or eyelift surgery, removes years and fatigue from the eyes, restoring them to former glory.
What is an eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, is a procedure designed to eliminate droopy eyelid skin, bulges, and bags around the eyes. Both the upper and lower eyelids can be treated. Dr. Dunkley is well versed in performing blepharoplasty. Years are erased with little to no sign of what was done.
What’s the difference between upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery?
Upper blepharoplasty incisions are made to place the resulting mark in the upper eyelid fold. Loose skin that can hang to the lashes and excess fat that causes puffy eyes are removed. The cut is closed with fine stitches, which are removed the following week.
Lower blepharoplasty has more options. The Incision may be made directly below the lash line or the incision may be made on the inside of the eyelid, known as a transconjunctival approach. The second approach avoids creating visible scars on the skin and is recommended to those who only need fat removed.
What happens during a blepharoplasty?
The day of surgery, you meet with Dr Dunkley and his surgical team. Once in the OR, an IV is started with the appropriate sedative to relax you. Injections are placed into the eyelids to numb the skin. The excess skin and fat are removed and the incisions closed. You awake fully in the recovery room.
Who is a good candidates for a blepharoplasty?
Anyone unhappy with the appearance of their eyelids is a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Patient’s need to be in good overall health or get clearance for surgery from their regular physician.
What can I expect after my blepharoplasty?
Recovery from blepharoplasty is fairly simple with few side effects. Bruising and swelling as well as watering of the eyes may occur immediately after your surgery. A cold compress the day of surgery will help minimize bruising and swelling. Dr. Dunkley advises his patients to keep the surgical area clean and apply prescribed ointments and eye drops. Within a few days, normal activities can be resumed. Bruising often takes a few weeks to completely go away. Apply makeup after a week to help conceal the healing area. Impress your friends with the amazing changes!