Eye Surgery Blepharoplasty ablon_admin
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Remove Excess and Unwanted Skin
Around Your Eyes
Excess and unwanted skin and fat around the upper and lower eyelids is one of the most common concerns. The surgical procedure performed to reverse these age related changes of the eyelids is called blepharoplasty. This surgery helps restore a more energetic and youthful appearance, by eliminating the chronic tired look, which results from sagging and puffy eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be performed under local injections or anesthesia with or without sedation.
How is the procedure performed?
In upper eyelid blepharoplasty, a fine incision is made in the pre-existing crease above each eye. A crescent of excess skin and a small strip of muscle are removed in addition to fat (puffiness) that is present. The incisions are closed with fine stitches, which are removed in one week.
In the lower lids, the fatty deposits are typically removed from the inside of the lid so that no external incision is made. In some instances, when there is excess skin and muscle that needs to be removed, an incision can be placed in the natural smile line under the lashes to avoid a conspicuous scar. As with upper lids, fine stitches are used to close the incision.
What Is the recovery time?
The typical post-operative recovery period (the time necessary for bruising and swelling to resolve) after cosmetic eyelid surgery is 14 days. It is important to avoid strenuous activity for the first week after surgery, but one can return to work during this time if desired. Antibiotic eye drops are generally prescribed for several days after surgery, and patients cannot wear contact lenses for approximately two weeks after surgery, as the eyelids may be stiff and sore. Makeup can be worn after 10-14 days, and the hairline scars, which follow the natural contour of the eyelids tend to fade in about 2 months.
What are the risks?
While blepharoplasty is a relatively straightforward surgical procedure, complications can arise. An upper eyelid that closes poorly, a lower lid which is pulled down or turns out, and a wide-eyed appearance are some of the most common cosmetic complications. The best way to avoid potential problems is to have the procedure performed by a fellowship trained eye surgeon such as Dr. Glynis Ablon.
To schedule a consultation, call (310) 727-DERM (3376).