A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that reduces extra skin and fat from your eyelids. The cosmetic procedure can also improve your appearance and eyesight if droopy skin limits your peripheral vision. Peoria blepharoplasty is an in-office procedure that can give your eyes a more youthful-looking appearance. Your specialist can perform the surgery on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both eyelids simultaneously, depending on your needs.
Who is the right candidate for blepharoplasty?
You are the right candidate for the procedure if you have:
- Droopy eyelids
- Excess upper eyelid skin
- Excess lower eyelid skin
- No serious skin or eye condition
- Bags under your eyes
- Realistic expectations
You will undergo different tests, which include eyelid photography, a complete eye exam, and visual field testing. Before the procedure, your surgeon will ask about your medical history and desired outcome. Your answers and symptoms will determine whether you are the right candidate for the procedure.
Have a candid discussion with your doctor about what is required of you. It’s important to discuss any medications you are using, especially blood thinners. The surgery might require you to stop the medications before the surgery. You will talk to your doctor when you can resume using the medication. On the day of the surgery, arrange for someone to take you home because you will not be able to drive.
What happens during the procedure?
You will receive a local anesthetic once in the surgery room. If you are undergoing surgery for the upper eyelid, your surgeon will make small cuts on the crease of your upper eyelid. They will carefully remove excess skin and fatty tissues and stitch you up.
If the surgery is for the lower eyelid, your surgeon will make small incisions on your lash line. They will proceed to remove excess skin and remove or reposition fatty tissues for an aesthetic look. The tiny scars on your lash line will be nearly invisible. Your surgeon might also recommend fat grafting and laser skin resurfacing to improve the overall appearance of your eyes after healing.
After surgery, your eye will be swollen, and your eyelids might feel itchy, sore, or tight. Your doctor will instruct you on how to care for your eyes at home. The following are useful tips you can implement:
- Rest a lot for the first two weeks post-surgery
- Do not rub or put pressure on the treated eye
- Limit screen time
- Do not wear makeup two weeks after the surgery
- Avoid bending or strenuous activities after surgery
- Avoid eye cream and lotion until your doctor gives you the green light
- Wear sunglasses for a year after surgery
- Use pain medication whenever necessary
Risks and complications
Although rare, your eyelid surgery might lead to complications like noticeable scarring, difficulty closing the eyes, skin discoloration, and injury to the eye muscles.
If you have droopy eyes, visit Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery for a blepharoplasty procedure. Your specialist will evaluate the skin and fat around your eyes and recommend treatment. Call or book an appointment online and improve your peripheral vision today.