A blepharoplasty is the surgical excision of excess skin and orbital fatty tissue ‘bags’ on or around the upper and lower eyelids. These skin irregularities contribute to the appearance of tired and aging eyes. By removing sagging skin and fatty deposits, we are able to produce an awake, rested, and younger look with very little downtime.
After removing excess skin on the upper eyelid, patients will notice rounder, open eyes which improves eyesight. Eye bags are eliminated by removing orbital fat tissue on the lower eyelids. Overall, eye shape and size are dramatically enhanced, making you look younger and refreshed.
Healing time varies by individual, treatment area, and size. Depending on your daily routine, most candidates can return to their normal activities, within reason, as soon as one week, although healing can persist for a few months or longer. Many people consider Blepharoplasty recovery ‘social’ as their biggest concern is visible sutures for the first week post-procedure. Bruising is expected and will fade in a matter of days or a few weeks. Swelling may take longer, persisting from several weeks to a few months. Some patients have described blurry vision for several days post-surgery, which is normal. Initial pain and discomfort are common. The recovery process is a journey; patience is highly recommended, as your body will have fluctuations in healing. Remember to follow home care instructions and keep up with any post-operative appointments to ensure results.
Blepharoplasty is considered one of the safest facial surgeries. Eyelid surgery is among the top 5 surgical procedures performed every year in the US. As with all surgeries, possible side effects such as bruising, swelling, infection and pain can be reduced with proper adherence to post-operative care. Ambulating and sitting in an upright position regularly after your procedure will decrease the chances of blood clotting, swelling, and increase the recovery process. Any rigorous motions can cause a reopening of your incision, so light activities are encouraged until you are medically cleared, and the incision has healed. Your medical team at Arike will provide detailed instructions for at-home care and pain management.