What is a Blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure of the upper or lower eyes to eliminate excess skin and fatty tissue. As one ages the underlying structural tissue loses its support causing the fat pockets to protrude which causes “puffiness” or “bags” in the upper and lower eyelids. This combined with increased skin laxity can cause the eyes to have a tired or sad appearance. A blepharoplasty aims to rejuvenate the eyes by repositioning or removing the fat pads and excising the excess skin.
What to Expect:
The procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on the severity of the “bags” or unwanted skin. The incision is well concealed in the natural crease of the eyelid. Excess skin and redundant fat are removed to give the eye a brighter, fresher appearance. The duration of the procedure is usually 2 hours.
Antibiotic ointment is applied to the incisions daily for 1 week. Lubricating eye drops may be used if dry eye symptoms develop. The eyes will be bruised and swollen after surgery. However this will gradually improve with time. Head elevation and icing the surgical area will help improve these symptoms.
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Gabrielle B. Davis, MD - Plastic Surgery
Gabrielle B. Davis, MD
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