Blepharoplasty—The Basics

BlepharoplastyGetting older is a normal and natural process, but some of the side effects of aging are less than desirable. One of the downsides of aging is that your skin becomes weaker and loses elasticity over time. This can affect multiple areas of your body, but it often becomes particularly noticeable around the eyes. Blepharoplasty is a treatment designed to address the aging issues that take a toll on the skin near your eyes. Keep reading to learn more.

What is blepharoplasty?

As you get older, your skin begins to sag and droop. This can sometimes leave people with drooping upper eyelids and bagginess underneath the eyes. Drooping eyelids and bags under the eyes can make you look older, tired, and stressed. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fatty deposits to restore a more youthful and alert appearance to the eyes.

What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty offers a variety of benefits. Common benefits include:

  • Improved vision if drooping eyelids are interfering with your eyesight. It can particularly improve peripheral vision.
  • A younger, more energetic appearance
  • Improved confidence
  • Removal of sagging skin
  • Reduction of bags underneath the eyes

Are you a good candidate?

Good candidates for blepharoplasty are healthy, non-smokers, who don’t have any significant eye problems.

People with serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, diabetes, and thyroid disorders are not usually eligible for blepharoplasty.

If you’re interested in the procedure, schedule a consultation to explore your options and find out if you’ll be a good candidate.

What should you expect?

If you decide to go ahead with blepharoplasty, you’ll undergo a relatively quick, outpatient procedure. In most cases, the surgery takes between 45 minutes to 2 hours. It is performed under local or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and prevent pain. Some people only need blepharoplasty on the upper eyelid and some people need to correct issues with the lower lid, so the exact procedure will vary, but in most cases patients can return to work and non-strenuous activities about a week after the surgery. The full recovery process takes a bit longer, but you can improve your recovery by waiting at least two weeks before wearing contact lenses or makeup, carefully following the instructions you are given, avoiding sun and wind exposure, and avoiding exercise and other strenuous activities for a few weeks.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Frank.  Phone our office at (403) 245-1228 to make an appointment today!

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