What is Eyelid Reconstruction?
Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both. It can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess skin and wrinkles, and provide more youthful appearance to the eyes.
During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness can contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Eyelid surgery can make you look years younger. Blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift, brow lift or skin resurfacing.
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Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Reconstruction?
Each procedure is customized for the patient based on their wants and needs. During a consultation at our office, you can learn more about how this procedure can help you. We can also determine whether or not you qualify for eyelid reconstruction.
The first qualification a person needs to meet for eyelid reconstruction is to be physically and emotionally healthy. A physically healthy individual is not going to have a medical condition that is going to make it difficult for them to heal. Additionally, a good candidate must be emotionally healthy. An emotionally healthy individual understands the limitations of the procedure and realizes that it is not going to change who they are. A person who is emotionally healthy will not strive to have the procedure done because they want to impress others.
Before we decide that eyelid reconstruction is right for you, you will need to sit down and talk to our doctor about the condition that is troubling you. Our surgeon is going to look at your facial anatomy and then talk to you about the options that you have available. To be a good candidate for eyelid reconstruction, you must be willing to adhere to the guidelines laid out by our doctor with the goal of ensuring that the end results are the best they possibly can be.
Most patients will be a little sore and swollen after blepharoplasty. It is normal to develop bruising and a black eye. Sometimes, the black and blue areas will extend into the cheeks and neck. Applying ice to the swollen areas will help to keep the swelling down. Resting during the recovery period and sleeping with the head of the bed elevated will help the body to drain fluid that has accumulated after surgery.
Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting or bending after surgery. This will prevent the stitches from opening too early. They are usually removed five to ten days after surgery.