What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can restore a youthful appearance to the eye area. The upper and lower eyelids are lifted and loose or excess skin and fat tissue are removed from the eye area.
What should first be done before considering blepharoplasty?
Before the procedures, an ASDS dermatologist wil review the patients medical history and outcomes of the procedure. The doctor also will test the patient's vision and his or her ability to produce tears. Prior to the procedure, patients should:
Avoid smoking. Avoid medications, food and beverages indicated by the doctor. Arrange for transportation home following the procedure.
When is blepharoplasty appropriate?
The procedure is appropriate for the following conditions:
Who is not a candidate for a blepharoplasty?
People who are not in good overall physical, mental and emotional health may not be good candidates for the procedure.
What are the potential complications of blepharoplasty?
A "too tight" or uneven appearance can be caused by the removal of too much skin or uneven amounts of fat. Additional surgeries can usually reverse this problem.On very rare occasions, bleeding can occur in the socket.
What can I expect after having had a blepharoplasty?
- Post-operative effects are minimal and temporary.
- Stitches are usually removed after five days.
- Minor swelling, bruising and discomfort should disappear within two weeks. Cold compresses help alleviate these side effects.
For more information and referrals
For more information on skin conditions and treatments, along with a list of ASDS members in your state, please visit the find a dermatologic surgeon section of our website.