As we age, dark circles and bags may form under our eyes. This process can make us look exhausted even when we feel happy and energetic. Blepharoplasty is one way to regain a youthful look.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a term for eyelid surgery, which comes from the Greek blepharon for eyelid. It is a procedure that treats droopy eyelids, as well as puffy fat deposits around the eyes. Depending on the patient's need, the plastic surgeon may make an incision above the eye to remove excess skin and tighten the upper lid of the eye. The surgeon may then make another incision along the edge of the lower lid to remove fatty deposits and distribute the skin evenly.
In some cases, the doctor may inject Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Patients should consult with their surgeons to explain their desired level of results.
Who should consider blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery may be performed to correct medical issues, such as a drooping eyelid that covers the patient's vision. Alternatively, it can be a cosmetic procedure to create a more youthful appearance. As we age, it's natural for skin around the eyes to sag or become puffy.
Patients who want to recapture their youth and look as energetic as they feel should consider blepharoplasty. The procedure is ideal for women and men who are unsatisfied with their current appearance and want to make a change for the better.
What is the recovery period like?
Throughout the procedure, the surgeon will use cooling agents and ointments to control swelling. After the surgery, patients may go home with gauze covering their eyes. It's unsafe to drive immediately after the procedure, so a friend or relative should be available to take patients home.
Patients may need to take oral medications to reduce swelling and prevent infections. Some bruising is to be expected, as well as minor redness.
Each patient responds differently to surgery. The surgeon will explain when it's safe to return to normal activities, as well as when stitches can be removed. Patients should wear dark sunglasses outdoors during the recovery period.
Dr. Marotta is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He is committed to delivering the best experience possible to his clients. Schedule a consultation today to see how Dr. Marotta and his team can help you decide which facial rejuvenation options are right for you.