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What Is Blepharoplasty? Answers To Your Top Eyelid Surgery FAQs

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Your eyes are the first thing people notice about you. If you have sagging upper eyelids, under-eye bags, and other signs of aging around the eyes, you may look tired or older even though you feel young and vibrant inside! An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) can revitalize your appearance by refreshing and smoothing the area around your eyes.

An eyelid lift is a surgery that involves thin, delicate skin, and you may feel a bit apprehensive about the procedure. Here are some answers to common blepharoplasty questions so you can feel comfortable in your decision.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves your sagging upper or lower eyelids, puffy under-eye bags, and hollows under the eyes. Typically, the procedure takes around 1 hour, and you will be given a local or general anesthetic. This procedure is suitable for nearly anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their eyes.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Blepharoplasty?

Although you will recover at your own pace, most patients can see their results within 2 to 6 weeks. Once you return home after your procedure, you will need to get a lot of rest and avoid any strenuous activities. You will be advised to sleep on your back with your head elevated to reduce swelling and prevent damaging your incisions. Expect swelling and bruising around the eye area for about 2 to 8 weeks. Most patients can return to work within 10 to 14 days and resume strenuous activities after 3 to 4 weeks.

Can I Have Eyelid Surgery on My Upper and Lower Lids?

Yes, eyelid surgery may be performed on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. An advantage of improving your upper and lower eyelids during the same procedure is that you will have a single recovery period.

Can I Combine Other Cosmetic Procedures With Blepharoplasty?

Yes, eyelid surgery is very compatible with other facial procedures. Many people combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift or facelift to enhance their results for comprehensive rejuvenation. Nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX® and dermal fillers are also popular combinations to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate other areas of the face.

How Long Does a Blepharoplasty Last?

Results usually last at least 5 years or longer, depending on individual factors and the type of surgery performed. Although eyelid surgery is highly effective, it cannot stop future aging. Some people who have upper blepharoplasty find they want a repeat procedure several years later to maintain their results. Your plastic surgeon can advise you when to seek a repeat procedure based on your aesthetic goals.

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Without a doubt, blepharoplasty is an excellent option if you want a long-term solution for droopy eyelids, puffy under-eyes, and even lid-related obstructions to your vision. To learn more about the benefits of this procedure, call (949) 760-0600 to schedule an appointment or request a consultation online.

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