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The blepharoplasty (eyelid plastic surgery) operation is performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is one of the most common operations performed by plastic surgeons today. The vast majority of blepharoplasties are performed on an outpatient basis, usually in a freestanding ambulatory surgery facility.
There are several options for blepharoplasty eyelid surgery available. The choice depends on the age of the patient, the amount of fat in the upper and lower eyelids, and the general elasticity and tone of the lower eyelid
AGE OF THE PATIENT
The eyelid procedure is routinely performed on patients from their late adolescence through patients in their seventies. Obviously, the nature of each procedure varies widely depending on the age and needs of the individual patient.
Blepharoplasty is almost always performed under intravenous sedation anesthesia, supplemented with local anesthesia. Of course, as in all of our surgeries, the patient is continuously monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The patient is drowsy, pain-free, and unaware of the procedure that is being performed.
This procedure is usually characterized by patients having minimal discomfort in the postoperative period. However, the patient will look worse than he or she feels due to the bruising that usually accompanies blepharoplasty. Bruising (eccymosis) is mostly gone after 7 to 10 days. Sutures, if present, are removed by the fourth or fifth day. Patients can go out and do normal activities on the first day, but usually wear sunglasses to disguise their bruising
Swelling usually lasts up to three weeks, and the final result is obtained by two months. Scars are placed in inconspicuous areas that are most difficult to see on the upper lid. On the lower eyelid, if a transconjunctival blepharoplasty is not performed, the scar is placed right below the eyelashes, where it is most difficult to see.
When deciding upon surgery, Dr. Heaton will discuss all potential complications and the relative frequency (or infrequency) of their occurrences with you. Complications may include bleeding, dry eye, and swelling.