Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance or functionality of the eyelids. The procedure involves removing excess fatty deposits, skin folds, or even excess muscle from the upper and lower eyelids to prevent the eyelids from naturally drooping with age.
What is it?
Blepharoplasty is an operation to repair droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat. Eyelids stretch as a person ages, and as a result, the surrounding muscles weaken causing excess fat to accumulate around the eyelids. This procedure allows for better peripheral vision and causes eyes to look younger and more alert.
What should I do to prepare?
Patients should arrange for transportation to and from the hospital. Patients should not eat or drink after midnight before the surgery.
What happens during the process?
Blepharoplasty is generally an outpatient surgery that begins with medication of the eyelid and intravenous medication to relax the patient. The surgeon cuts along the fold of the upper eyelid, removes excess skin, muscle, and fat, and then closes the cut. A similar process is then followed with the lower eyelid. The length of the procedure varies per case but is commonly completed in less than two hours.
What are the risks and potential complications
There are several possible risks associated with Blepharoplasty including infection, bleeding, dry eyes, difficulty closing eyes, scarring, skin discoloration, blurred vision, loss of eyesight, and negative reaction to anesthesia or medication used in surgery. Understanding the risks and possible benefits associated with this surgery are important in making a decision of whether this operation is a proper fit for a given patient.
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