Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and wrinkles from the lower eyelids and fatty deposits that cause puffiness from the upper eyelids. It eliminates bags and dark circles under the eyes, corrects droopiness of the lower eyelids and can expand an individual’s field of vision.
It is important to note, that blepharoplasty doesn’t remove all wrinkles around the eyes or correct sagging eyebrows. Wrinkles around the eyes, such as crow’s feet, can be treated with fillers or other cosmetic procedures, and a brow lift will correct sagging eyebrows.
A typical eyelid surgery, one that works on both the upper and lower eyelids, takes about two hours. You’ll receive a local anesthetic and either oral or intravenous sedation. Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed first and is followed by the lower eyelids. In some cases, laser resurfacing may be recommended to reduce the appearance of scarring or other discoloration.
Most patients do not experience severe pain, only mild pain or discomfort, which can be managed using over-the-counter medications. You’ll likely experience some swelling or bruising and may experience blurry vision and a sensitivity to light immediately following the procedure. Typically, patients can return to normal activity within a week.
Results are usually long lasting, some patients choose additional surgery on the upper eyelids after several years to combat the effects of aging. Repeat surgery on the lower eyelids is rarely necessary.
If you’re curious about the impact blepharoplasty can have on your appearance, call (503) 581-1567 to schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.