Drooping Eyelids? You May Be Interested in a Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, or the eye lift as it is commonly known, is performed to correct drooping eyelids. Drooping eyelids can be the result of aging, genetic factors, or trauma. They can greatly affect a person’s appearance, making them look constantly tired and aged.
Drooping eyelids can become a serious issue if they start to affect a person’s self-confidence or even their field of vision. Fortunately, blepharoplasty is the best solution for people who want to correct their eyelids.
Ideal Blepharoplasty Candidates
Anyone over the age of eighteen and not suffering from a life-threatening illness is a good candidate for an eye-lift procedure. It is important to have realistic expectations for the procedure.
The Eye-Lift Procedure
Depending on the patient’s current state of health and Dr. Espinosa’s discretion, either general or local anesthesia is administered. Dr. Espinosa then proceeds to make the required incisions.
For drooping upper eyelids, the incisions are made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid so that any post-surgical marks are hidden. For sagging lower eyelids, the incision is made at the lash line.
Dr. Espinosa then removes excess skin from the eyelid. Excess fat is repositioned or removed as required. Muscle tissue in the lid is also responsible for drooping, and so this can be tightened or trimmed as needed. After proper restructuring and repositioning, Dr. Espinosa redrapes the skin and sutures the incisions closed.
The Healing Process
You will be able to return home the day of the blepharoplasty procedure. However, it will be vital that you arrange for a ride home in advance, preferably with a friend or a family member. You will not be able to drive for the remainder of the day.
Once home, you will need to follow the recovery instructions of Dr. Espinosa very closely, as this will ensure a shorter healing process with a lower chance of complications.
Patients will develop some post-surgical swelling, bruising, and redness around the eyelids. These are only temporary and can be managed by applying ice packs.
Patients are recommended to stay indoors during their healing process, since factors like dust and pollutants can aggravate the eyes and may even cause infections. Avoid squinting and going out in the sun. Wear sunglasses if you do step out to protect from wind and sun, and make sure to apply sun protection.
Do not rub your eyes, since the tissues will be weakened and more susceptible to damage. Do not spend long hours in front of a laptop, mobile device, or television screen until complete recovery has taken place. Taking time off from work may be especially necessary due to this.
Ready to Find Out More?
An eye lift is a delicate procedure and one that needs to be performed with utmost precision and meticulous attention to detail. It’s best to find a plastic surgeon with years of experience in this area.
Dr. Nashielli Espinosa is a skilled and experienced reconstructive plastic surgeon who has performed numerous eye lifts to great success. Make an appointment for a consultation to find out more from Dr. Espinosa.