When it comes to the lower eyelids, puffiness and undereye bags are a common concern. A blepharoplasty is a procedure that changes the appearance of the eyelids. As its name suggests, a lower blepharoplasty specifically targets the lower lids.
What Is Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Like?
A lower blepharoplasty is a procedure in which a plastic surgeon reshapes the area under the eyes. This includes tightening the area as well as reducing puffiness and undereye bags by removing excess skin and fat if present. This procedure is done under local anesthesia.
During a blepharoplasty, when depressions exist under the lower eyelid fat repositioning can be done. In fat repositioning of the lower eyelid, the fat pads are shifted into the tear trough under the skin to fill the depression. The fat acts like a filler but is one’s own tissue. It does not dissolve over time like the fillers we inject.
Recovery from undereye surgery takes about four to six weeks. For the first two to three weeks, you will need to sleep in a reclined position. You can use cool compresses on the site to reduce swelling and redness. Be sure to take all prescription ointments and eye drops given to you by your plastic surgeon.
How Painful Is Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty?
During the surgery itself, you won’t feel any pain due to the local anesthesia. Some soreness is to be expected as your undereye area heals after the procedure. You may also feel some tightness under your eyes. Your doctor will prescribe pain meds as needed.
Is Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Permanent?
Like many other forms of plastic surgery that reduce signs of aging, lower blepharoplasties last a very long time. However, aging still continues. You can usually count on results lasting about 10 years, after which you may choose to get a touch-up procedure due to further aging of the undereye area.
Can You Wear Contact Lenses after a Lower Blepharoplasty?
You will need to refrain from wearing contact lenses after your undereye bag surgery to protect the area and give it time to heal. Another reason contact lenses should be avoided is because they can interfere with the eye ointment you will be given after surgery. In place of contact lenses, you can wear eyeglasses while you heal.
When Can I Apply Makeup after Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty?
The area under your eyes needs time to heal. Because of this, it’s important to refrain from using makeup or beauty/skincare products on or around the area immediately after your procedure. Wait two weeks before using any products under your eyes.
When you do start applying makeup, you should use an Oxygentix foundation which will help your body absorb more oxygen during the healing process, thus speeding it up.
Undereye bag surgery, or a lower blepharoplasty, is an excellent choice for immediately visible results that rid your face of a tired or “haggard” look. In the hands of the right surgeon, your results can last a decade or more