As mask-wearing becomes the norm, more attention is being brought to the appearance of the eyes. There is a surge in procedures that improve the appearance of the eyes, and eyelid surgery is one of them. Read on to learn more about eyelid surgery and why now is the time to consider this popular procedure.
Also called blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that can take 1-2 hours depending on whether you are having surgery on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. During surgery, excess fat is removed or repositioned, muscles are tightened and excess skin is trimmed.
One reason why eyelid surgery is so popular among men and women alike is the fact that the incisions are small and placed where the scar will be easily hidden. On the upper eyelids, the small incisions are made in the crease of the eyelid. On the lower eyelid, the incisions are placed just below the lash line or within the inside of the eyelid.
During recovery, you can expect some swelling, discomfort and tightness around the eyes that will subside as you heal. Most patients only need an over-the-counter pain medication and ointment to keep the area lubricated. Some patients may need eye drops as well. Many patients are able to return to work after one week and start wearing makeup in two weeks. Most swelling and bruising should be gone after two weeks.
As we age, the thin skin around the eye area is one of the first places on the face to show signs of aging. Sun damage, smoking and other environmental and lifestyle factors contribute to this tired, aged appearance.
Men and women alike seek to improve the appearance of their eyes. Good candidates for surgery are those who are in good overall health, don’t smoke and don’t have serious eye conditions. You will go over any current medical concerns and medical history during your consultation to make sure surgery is right for you.
If you live in the West Orange, NJ, area, and you’re interested in learning more about eyelid surgery and other ways to refresh the appearance of your eyes, call (973) 243-2300 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Citron with New Jersey Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, P.A.