Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, refers to a number of surgical procedures designed to bring youth to the appearance of the eyes by removing excess fat from the eyelid area and tightening the skin surrounding the eyes.
Eyelid surgery may be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid, and is frequently performed on both. Fat, skin, or excess tissue may be removed to create a firmer, younger-looking eye area. This surgery may also be performed in cases where the eyelid positioning is affecting the frontal or peripheral vision of the patient.
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
This procedure may be performed on almost any patient, regardless of age or complexion type. Most candidates have droopy eyelids or bags under their eyes that are affecting their appearance or vision negatively.
Eyelid surgery may be able to correct some of the signs of aging around the eyes. Some changes that can be made include:
- Giving a more alert overall appearance
- Increasing peripheral vision
- Give eyelids a more youthful appearance
- Improve bags underneath eyelids
Candidates for eyelid surgery who are physically and emotionally healthy and are non-smokers set themselves up for the best possible outcome. A thorough understanding of the procedure and its capabilities is also encouraged.
How Eyelid Surgery Works
General or local anesthetic may be administered to give total comfort to the patient as the procedure progresses. On both the upper and lower eyelid surgeries, the incisions are made in such a way as to follow the natural line of the eyelids, thus hiding the scarring.
Once the incisions have been made, excess skin, tissue and fat are removed from within the eyelids. The incisions are closed using very fine sutures to minimize scarring. An ointment is applied for proper lubrication of the eyelids following surgery.
What Happens After Eyelid Surgery?
After the procedure is finished, each patient will receive specific recovery instructions from their surgeon to ensure the best possible healing with minimal scarring. Often this will include eye drops to moisturize the eyes.
The recovery period should last about two weeks, during which time the patient should not wear contacts. Additionally, patients should cover their eyes with sunglasses whenever possible to avoid accidental damage from debris, trauma, wind or sun. Sunblock is highly recommended, as is a personal daily cleaning procedure.
Learn More about Eyelid Surgery In Oklahoma City
For more information about eyelid surgery, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.