Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in New Jersey
About Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery (sometimes referred to as an eyelid lift) is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting sagging eyelids, drooping eyelids, or baggy or puffy eyes.
The skin on and around our eyes is much thinner and delicate than other areas of the face. As a result, our eyes are often one of the first facial areas to exhibit signs of aging. While sagging eyelids, droopy eyelids, bags under our eyes or puffy eyes are a common effect of aging, there’s no reason to suffer through an appearance that troubles you or impacts your way of life. An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is often the most effective procedure to quickly restore your eyes to their youthful state.
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What causes saggy, droopy, baggy, or puffy eyes?
There are many factors that contribute to saggy, droopy, baggy, or puffy eyes. External factors like sun damage, smoking, obesity (or subsequent weight loss), etc. can cause the muscles and tissue that support the eyelids to weaken. Genetics can play a significant factor as some of us are just naturally more prone to saggy, baggy, droopy, puffy eyes. Whether from external factors or genetics, eventually aging will affect every one of us, and our eyes are often one of the areas of our face that bear the most dramatic impact.
What is the treatment for saggy, droopy, baggy, or puffy eyes?
Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is one of the most common treatments to quickly and effectively treat droopy eyes, saggy eyes, baggy eyes, and puffy eyes. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is typically performed as an outpatient procedure requiring local anesthesia and sedation (although general anesthesia may be used for patients who request it). Patients can choose upper blepharoplasty to treat saggy eyes, and droopy eyes, or lower blepharoplasty to treat baggy eyes, and puffy eyes. Many patients opt for both procedures to address full upper and lower eyelid aging at the same time. Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) procedures take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on whether both the upper and lower eyelids are operated on.
What is involved in blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)?
Upper blepharoplasty is a procedure used to treat sagging and/or drooping eyelids. In an upper blepharoplasty procedure, an incision is typically made along the eyelid’s natural crease. Once the incision is made, fat deposits are repositioned or removed, muscles and tissue are tightened, and excess skin is removed.
Lower blepharoplasty is a lower eyelid procedure used to treat bags under the eyes and/or puffy eyes. Lower blepharoplasty employs an incision, usually made just below the lash line, so that excess skin can be removed. For a lower eyelid that needs fat rather than skin removed, a trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty is performed. During transconjunctival blepharoplasty, an incision is made inside the lower eyelid, so there are no visible scars, and the fat is removed. This procedure has no effect on vision but results in a more refreshed, youthful appearance.
After the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures and a thin layer of ointment is applied to encourage healing.
How long is the recovery period for blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)?
The recovery from blepharoplasty is typically uncomplicated and requires minimal downtime. Some simple steps like applying lubricating drops/ointment and utilizing cold compresses will aid in healing and minimize side effects. Most patients return to work within a few days to a week, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. Stitches are usually removed after 1 week. Most swelling and other side effects typically subside within 2 weeks. Contact lenses and eye makeup may not be worn for 2 weeks after surgery. Patients are typically advised to wear dark sunglasses outside or in bright light for 2 weeks to protect their eyes from sun and wind.
Any minor scars that result from blepharoplasty are well-concealed and usually fade with time until they are virtually undetectable. Although the eyelids are still subject to aging, blepharoplasty produces long-lasting results.
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