What is Blepharoplasty?

Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you and are an essential aspect of your overall appearance. As we age, the tone and shape of our eyelids can loosen and sag. 

Heredity and sun exposure also contribute to this process. This excess, puffy, or lax skin can make you appear more tired or older than you are. 

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can give the eyes a more youthful look by removing excess skin and tissue from the upper eyelids. If the sagging upper eyelid skin obstructs peripheral vision, blepharoplasty can eliminate the obstruction and expand the visual field.

Blepharoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes. When they droop far down enough, eyelids can create issues with vision. In these cases, blepharoplasty is considered a medically necessary procedure and is commonly covered by your insurance.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and tissue from the eyelids, giving you a younger appearance and restoring peripheral vision and functionality. Most of the time, the procedure takes about 1 hour to complete and is done under local anesthesia. Dr. Ginsberg performs upper eyelid Blepharoplasty.

During the procedure, Dr. Ginsberg will create small incisions along the natural creases and contours of your upper eyelids.

After making these incisions, Dr. Ginsberg will remove and reposition tissue to smooth out the appearance of your eyelids and improve your vision if your eyelids affect your field of vision. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures, making them almost impossible to see to others.

You may notice some bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort as you recover. Take care to protect your delicate eyelid skin from sun exposure.   

You should be able to return to non-strenuous activities about a week after undergoing a blepharoplasty. However, remember that every patient is different, including how they heal and recover after a surgical procedure like blepharoplasty.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty if:

  • You have baggy or droopy eyelids
  • You’ve noticed upper eyelid skin hanging over your eyes, making you look older than you are
  • Your upper eyelid skin droops and covers up the natural contour of your upper eyelid, which may impair vision
  • You’re in good health and want to improve the appearance of your eyelids to look younger and refreshed
  • You have realistic expectations for your surgical outcome

If you think you could be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation at Ginsberg Eye to learn more about this incredible procedure. 

What Should I Expect During Recovery from a Blepharoplasty?

After a blepharoplasty, recovery is usually about 1-2 weeks. You’ll want to use ice packs and elevate your head to reduce and minimize swelling and bruising for the first three days.

After about a week, most swelling and discoloration will improve dramatically. The sutures dissolve on their own by week two.

Most patients can return to work and their usual activities 7-14 days after undergoing a blepharoplasty. Dr. Ginsberg will let you know when you can resume wearing eye makeup and contact lenses.

You may need to use eye ointment for 1 week to keep your eyes feeling comfortable. Dr. Ginsberg may also recommend artificial tears if you’re experiencing discomfort or dry eyes due to blepharoplasty. 

Ask Dr. Ginsberg if you have any questions or concerns about what to expect during the recovery process. Always make sure to let him know if you’re experiencing any changes to your vision, severe pain, or bleeding. 

Are the Results of Blepharoplasty Permanent?

Most patients who undergo a blepharoplasty find that their results last 7-12 years. However, certain factors may make your results last for less time.

These factors can include sun damage, aging, or significant changes to your weight. With these factors, your skin and tissues around your eyes may change, even after a blepharoplasty.

If you experience these changes around your eyes, you may want to consider a touch-up blepharoplasty procedure. A touch-up will help maintain your rejuvenated, youthful appearance and help you feel your best.

However, it’s essential to remember that even if you undergo a blepharoplasty, it cannot stop the aging process. After the procedure, your skin will continue to get older.

Due to this, your skin will lose elasticity as you get older. However, removing excess skin around your eyelids can help your eyes look more alert, rested, and brighter for many years.

Are you ready to look better? Take the next step by requesting your blepharoplasty consultation at Ginsberg Eye in Naples, FL, now! Why wait any longer to look and feel your best?