A Comprehensive Guide to Blepharoplasty

Whether you yourself are considering cosmetic surgery and are particularly interested in having a blepharoplasty procedure, or it is a family member, close friend, or even your partner who is considering going under the knife, then you have certainly come to the right place. 

Any cosmetic procedure (but certainly those which will be overtly visible all the time) such as those on the face and neck should be considered extremely carefully so here—for your information and to hopefully clear some questions in your mind—is a comprehensive guide to blepharoplasty. 

What Exactly is a Blepharoplasty Procedure?

Essentially, blepharoplasty refers to the removal of loose, baggy, and excess fat and skin from the eyelids, with the overall aim of improving the appearance of eye bags, excessive drooping, and hooded eyelids. 

Depending on the individual, and specifically, the extent to which the eyelids have drooped, a cosmetic blepharoplasty procedure can either be conducted under a general or a local anesthetic. 

How to Prepare for a Blepharoplasty

Professional, prestigious, and established cosmetic surgeons who perform successful blepharoplasty procedures day in, day out, such as those working for renowned Atlanta eyelid surgery clinics will advise you on exactly what to do ahead of your surgery. 

Such preparative techniques usually include the following:

  • Stopping smoking (including e-cigarettes)
  • Adjusting your current medications or temporarily taking new ones
  • Avoiding any anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Undergoing a thorough medical evaluation

What Happens During a Blepharoplasty?

Usually, blepharoplasty is performed either on the upper eyelids or lower eyelids and if an individual requires both sets of eyelids worked upon, they are usually set out as two separate procedures so as to allow for recovery time. 

Surgery which concentrates on the lower eyelids usually involves the following:

  1. A small incision on the inside of the eyelid or below the lower eyelash line
  2. Removing or repositioning excess fat from the eye bags 
  3. Additional support for the tendons and muscles surrounding the eyelids where necessary
  4. Closing the incision and covering the eye for the remainder of the day

Blepharoplasty performed on the upper eyelids involves:

  1. Making an incision along the crease of the eyelid where the skin naturally folds
  2. Removing most of the excess muscle, skin, or fat contained within
  3. Closing the incision with a scar that is hidden in the eyelid fold
  4. A soft cotton padded eyepatch to be worn over the eye if required

After Your Blepharoplasty Procedure

Immediately after eyelid surgery, it is perfectly normal and natural for one or both of your eyes to feel sore, tight, and to appear red and raised.

Additionally, it is also exceedingly common for your eyes to be itchy, dry, and even sticky to the touch, and therefore it is important to protect your eyes from direct sunlight for the first few days. This is due to the extra level of sensitivity your eyes will be experiencing after the procedure, so be sure to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses for your journey home from the clinic. 

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