Many men and women in their mid-30s and older can benefit from eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty. This is because the natural aging process, genetics and environmental factors such as sun exposure can cause eyelids to droop and make you look older than you are.
Read on to learn about what eyelid surgery can and can’t do and who are good candidates for surgery.
- Eyelid surgery can remove excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids.
- Eyelid surgery can reduce puffy bags below your eyes and drooping upper eyelids.
- It can’t correct crow’s feet or other wrinkles. Botox and other non-surgical and surgical treatments can fix that problem.
- It can’t eliminate dark circles under your eyes. Talk to your doctor about cosmetic fillers and other treatments that can address that concern.
- Eyelid surgery can add a crease to the upper eyelids on Asian eyes, but it won’t eliminate ethnic or racial characteristics.
- Candidates for surgery include men and women age 35 and older who have excessive skin or sagging of the upper eyelids, loss of the natural crease of the upper eyelids, puffy areas or bags under the eyes and excessive skin on the lower eyelids.
- Good candidates are in good overall health, have a healthy outlook and realistic expectations for surgery. Surgical candidates shouldn’t smoke or have eye conditions or health conditions that could impair the healing process.
- This outpatient procedure will take 1-3 hours depending on how extensive surgery is. It can be done in combination with other surgical and non-surgical treatments to achieve your aesthetic goals.
- Incisions are made in the natural creases or lines of your eyelids so that once your scars heal, they will be barely noticeable or visible. This is one of the reasons why this is a popular surgical procedure. People won’t know you had work done because the results are subtle and natural-looking.
- Results are immediate and continue to improve as swelling, redness and bruising subside over the first two weeks after surgery. Most patients return to work and regular activities within 7-10 days after surgery.