Do Your Eyes Look Tired & Old? Help Sagging Eyelids With Blepharoplasty For A More Youthful Look


Do Your Eyes Look Tired & Old? Help Sagging Eyelids With Blepharoplasty For A More Youthful Look

Open Your Eyes To Blepharoplasty

Tired of having eyes that look tired, old, and droopy? A blepharoplasty can help by removing excess skin from the eyelids. This surgical procedure can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, helping tighten the skin and restoring a youthful appearance. Regardless of if the reason for surgery is cosmetic or functional in nature, the procedure is quick and effective.

Dealing with tired eyes

As people age, the skin around the eyes can deteriorate. Individuals may notice cosmetic concerns such as baggy or droopy eyelids, excess skin, and pronounced undereye bags with time. Sometimes, the droopiness is severe enough that vision is negatively impacted. Although over-the-counter (OTC) creams can help restore some vitality to the eyes, surgery is the best approach when a more substantial overhaul of the eyelid’s appearance is needed.

Preparing for a blepharoplasty

Depending on the concerns, the doctor will either recommend an upper or lower blepharoplasty. An upper blepharoplasty can address drooping eyelid skin, repair the muscle that opens the eyes, and remove any excess fat. A lower blepharoplasty can correct bags under the eyes by repositioning or removing extra skin and treat sagging skin on the lower lids. Before surgery, an eye exam, visual field testing, and eyelid photography are usually required.

The surgical approach

Blepharoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. An injection into the eyelids will numb the area before the procedure, and medications can be given intravenously to help the patient relax. The surgeon will make an incision in either the upper or lower lid and then removes or repositions the skin and fat until the correct appearance is achieved. Blepharoplasty usually takes about 1-2 hours to perform, and the patient is released home the same day.

Rest those tired eyes

After the procedure, the surgeon will recommend resting the eyes as much as possible for the first few days. Try to avoid watching television, reading, or checking emails if possible. Blurred vision, watery eyes, double vision, swelling, light sensitivity, and pain can all occur after the procedure. Ice packs can help reduce swelling, while OTC medications can reduce pain. Patients should take any prescribed eye drops as directed to minimize the risk of infection. Dark sunglasses can also help should the individual need to venture outside soon after the procedure.

Better eyes with blepharoplasty

Most people who have a blepharoplasty report feeling happy and more self-confident after the procedure. For elderly patients who may opt for the procedure due to functional problems, the benefits are even more pronounced. If droopy eyelids are a concern, speak with a healthcare provider to determine if blepharoplasty is the right approach to improve sagging and restore a youthful look.

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