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What Is Surgical Blepharoplasty? Everything You Should Know

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According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, it’s estimated that 100,000 individuals undergo cosmetic eyelid lifts, including blepharoplasty, in the US each year. For many, this surgical procedure is one of the best cosmetic solutions for signs of aging, as it lifts the eye area. 

In this article, the team at FaceByFisher explains everything you need to know about surgical blepharoplasty. Understanding this cosmetic procedure will help you make an informed decision about if surgical blepharoplasty is the best choice for you.

What Is Surgical Blepharoplasty?

Surgical blepharoplasty involves surgery on the eyelids. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and combined with the force of gravity, it can cause skin to sag. 

A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the eyelids by correcting sagging skin, puffiness, wrinkles, droopiness, and dark circles, making the eyes look more alert and youthful.

Who Should Consider Blepharoplasty? 

Now that we understand what a blepharoplasty is, it’s time to determine who would be a prime candidate for this type of cosmetic surgery. To help you evaluate if you’re a suitable candidate, we’ve listed a few of the indicators that a blepharoplasty might be the solution:

  • You have droopy eyelids due to age.
  • Your eyelids sag enough to inhibit your peripheral vision.
  • You’re unhappy with the shape of your eyelids.
  • You have prominent bags under your eyes that negatively affect your appearance. 

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How Long Does It Take To Look Normal after Blepharoplasty Surgery?

The recovery time differs from individual to individual. If removable stitches are used, you can expect them to be removed within a 10-day time frame. 

While patients experience swelling and bruising, most feel they look normal enough to return to work within 14 days. However, the bruising can last between one and three weeks, with patients continuing to see signs of improvement one to three months after blepharoplasty.

How Painful Is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

A blepharoplasty is a relatively noninvasive procedure that can be performed under local or general anesthesia, providing minimal pain and discomfort. Post-op, the pain is rather mild and is often controlled by narcotic pain relievers or Tylenol.

However, how much pain you may experience depends on your pain threshold, how fast you heal, and many other factors that a plastic surgeon will discuss with you beforehand. 

Wrap-Up on Surgical Blepharoplasty

Now that you have a basic understanding of this surgery, you can decide whether you want to take the leap toward younger-looking eyelids. 

If you would like to speak to a professional about the next steps, consult an experienced plastic surgeon at FaceByFisher. 

Our plastic surgeons can answer any question you might have about eyelid surgery and help determine if you’re a suitable candidate.

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