What is blepharoplasty?

Beautiful model woman with shiny and straight long hair.“Blepharoplasty” is the medical term for eyelid surgery, and it’s a procedure that can be done for medical or cosmetic reasons. Read on for more information on eyelid surgery, how it is done, and how it can help you to see better and look younger!

What happens during a blepharoplasty procedure?

Eyelid surgery typically takes less than 2 hours and is an outpatient procedure. It can be done on the lower lids, the upper lids, or on both eyelids. Your eyelid area will be numbed and an incision will be made to tighten the muscles, and then excess fat and skin will be removed. Fine sutures will be used to close the incision.

Some patients have eyelid surgery along with other cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift or a facelift.

What can blepharoplasty do for me?

As we get older, fat accumulates in the eye area, making the eyes look puffy, creating bags under the eyes, and making us look old and tired. Blepharoplasty can get rid of this fat and excess skin, tightening up the eye area and making you look younger and more alert. Blepharoplasty is also performed for medical reasons. It can remove excess skin around the eyes that can make it difficult to see properly and can cause functional problems with your eyelids.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Patients can usually return to work and regular activities within a few days, although you should avoid strenuous activity for at least a week (follow your doctor’s instructions). The eye area will be swollen and bruised, but ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can help. You should sleep with your head elevated higher than your chest for a few days and avoid smoking and rubbing your eyes. You shouldn’t wear contact lenses for a couple of weeks, and when you go outside make sure to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the wind and sun.

Blepharoplasty can help you to see better and look younger. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, contact the office of Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for a consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 today!

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