Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, rejuvenates the upper and lower eyelids through the removal or repositioning of excess skin and fat. The procedure can provide a more rested, youthful appearance to the eyes, and frequently is done in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures such as a facelift or browlift. Blepharoplasty is a popular procedure for men and women, and is most commonly performed on patients between the ages of 40 and 70 who have excess skin in the eyelids and have a “tired” appearance. Also blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids can help treat bags or dark circles under the eyes.
In most cases, patients usually experience minimal discomfort around the incisions, which can be easily controlled with prescription pain medication. Swelling and bruising in the eyelid and the cheek area is common, and you should keep your head elevated for a couple of days after surgery to minimize the swelling. You also may notice signs of bruising — a black and blue discoloration. Both the swelling and bruising will begin to disappear within a week.
Most patients will be able to return to work in seven to 10 days. Showering is permitted within the first several days, and vigorous physical activity is limited for several weeks following surgery. Signs of surgery should completely fade within three weeks following the procedure.
A blepharoplasty usually produces a more rested, rejuvenated, and “refreshed” look to the upper and lower eyelid area.