Author: Burt Faibisoff, M.D., FRCS (C)
In 2014, Americans had 15.6 million cosmetic surgical procedures. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) was one of the most popular procedures; an estimated 206,000 were completed. As more people become aware of this procedure, I receive an increasing number of questions about eyelid surgery. Here are a few of the top eyelid surgery FAQs I hear.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or “eyelid surgery,” improves the appearance of the eyes – typically by removing puffiness, tightening skin, and smoothing wrinkles.
Is eyelid surgery a cosmetic procedure or medically necessary?
It can be both. Many patients are interested in eyelid surgery because it makes them look and feel younger. Some patients, whose eyelids impair vision, may find eyelid surgery to directly improve their health and quality of life. Both needs are valid reasons to research and ask questions about eyelid surgery!
What’s the difference between upper and lower blepharoplasty?
As you might expect, upper blepharoplasty refers to the upper eyelids. This surgery removes baggy, loose skin that drapes over the upper lid. Lower blepharoplasty refers to the lower lid, which can become puffy and swollen. This surgery removes excess fat and a small margin of skin so that skin appearance is young, smooth, and healthy.
Where are the incisions made for eyelid surgery?
Understandably, many people are concerned about having incisions made near the eye. However, under the hand of a skilled surgeon, blepharoplasty is a very safe procedure. The incisions for upper blepharoplasty are typically made in the crease of the upper eyelid. The incisions for lower blepharoplasty are typically made either inside the eye or under the eyelashes, neither of which is visible.
Is the actual eyelid surgery procedure painful?
No. Most patients report a slight burning sensation for about an hour following surgery and then no pain.
How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?
Sutures are removed about five days after blepharoplasty (removal is painless). Bruising quickly diminishes once the sutures are removed, and the majority of the swelling subsides in the following two weeks. There may be slight swelling for the next two months, though it is hardly noticeable.
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