All About Blepharoplasty

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23 Aug All About Blepharoplasty

All About Blepharoplasty

The eyes are the window to the soul, but we don’t want them to tell all our secrets — especially how old those souls actually are. Unfortunately, our eyes will eventually give our ages away due to just that: the effects of aging.

Signs of Aging Eyes

There are three factors that affect the way our eyes change as we get older: skin, muscle and fat. Looser, less voluminous skin may sag, causing wrinkles and folds around the eye. Eyes may droop — called ptosis — due to aged, weakened muscles. Fat may begin to accumulate as well, which can make eyes appear puffy. Other telltale signs of aging eyes include dark circles — most commonly associated with a lack of sleep — and hollow-looking eyes.

Not only can these changes be upsetting due to the appearance of once-youthful eyes, excessive wrinkles and fat may actual impair vision. Drooping may become so bad that peripheral vision is hindered; they may also become dry or watery, as the eyelids no longer function as well as they used to, which can contribute to blurry vision.

A Surgical Solution: Blepharoplasty

Even with proper preventive steps and treatments such as retinol creams, your eyes may have too much excessive skin and tissue to combat — but a simple surgical procedure, blepharoplasty, can help. Blepharoplasty, which can be done on both the upper or lower lids, corrects and repairs eyelid deformities, including drooping and bags under the eyes.

The procedure is done with local anesthesia instead of general, and the patient remains awake and alert during the short surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions along the natural lines of the skin, which minimizes any noticeable scarring. The excess tissue is then removed — ensuring that it is done to appear the most natural — and the surgeon will suture the delicate skin to ensure it heals properly. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure, meaning that you can be in and out in one day with no recovery time in a hospital; it takes about one to three hours depending on complexity and whether or not it has been combined with other cosmetic procedures.

The procedure is safe and relatively painless. Afterwards, patients should expect some mild swelling and bruising that will last about a week. The doctor will generally advise patients to use ice packs regularly immediately after treatment to reduce swelling, as well as to avoid smoking, using contact lenses, strenuous activity and rubbing the eyes. If needed, patients may need to return to the doctor to remove any stitches.

Protect Your Eyes From the Start

If your eyes are still holding onto their youthful appearance, you can take steps to ensure they stay that way longer. It’s always advised to wear sunscreen every day, but make sure to apply it to the thin, sensitive area under your eyes and to your eyelids — research has shown that on average, many people miss nearly 10% of their face, most commonly the eyelids. In addition to daily sunscreen use, wear sunglasses with UV protection to minimize the amount of UV rays the skin absorbs.

Our eyes, as we age, can certainly tell stories — but we often don’t want them to indicate how old we actually are! With just a simple surgical procedure, your eyes can be restored to their youthful appearance with no sagging skin or heavy bags.

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