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.



Aging skin is characterized by a loss of elasticity.  When attributed to the upper and lower eyelids, this gravitational pull makes bulges from fatty tissue and wrinkles more pronounced.  On the upper eyelids, excess skin can hang low on the lashes and even obstruct your vision.  With a blepharoplasty, we are able to give you an awakened appearance, tighten your skin, and improve overall skin laxity.
During your initial consultation with your Arike specialist, you will be able to discuss your concerns, goals, possible risks, and benefits of the procedure.  At this time, we will be able to determine your candidacy and provide you with the next steps toward your journey at Arike.
With any skin removal procedure, there are multiple steps that go into creating the perfect outcome. This procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art ambulatory treatment room, which typically takes 60 minutes or so to complete. Surgical times vary depending on patient size, BMI, location, and amount of treatment areas scheduled if other surgical procedures are included.
Your surgeon and medical team will ensure you are comfortably sedated and monitor your health throughout the procedure.  A small incision is created on the natural lines of the eyelid.  These are typically found on the lash line for the lower eyelids and the crease of the upper eyelids. Once the incisions have been made, the doctor will carefully separate the skin from the fatty tissue and muscle, removing excess fat, trimming sagging skin, and repositioning any tissue if needed.  Once the doctor has restructured the eyelids, the incisions will be closed with fine sutures.  The incisions will be dressed to absorb leaking fluids from the sites. Because the eyelids have great healing ability, any scarring is hidden once healed.

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.  


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