Blepharoplasty comes from the Greek words, blepharo, or eyelid, and plasty, which means “molding, formation.” It’s the medical term for eyelid surgery in which a plastic surgeon reshapes your drooping and sagging upper and lower eyelids back to their original shape.
Here at the oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery practice of Omar Ozgur, MD, in Mission Viejo, California, Dr. Ozgur performs blepharoplasty on men and women to restore a more youthful appearance and even help improve your vision.
Blepharoplasty corrects a variety of problems
Hundreds of thousands of men and women across the country undergo blepharoplasty every year. This surgical procedure corrects a variety of eyelid problems, including restoring a more youthful appearance to your eye area, helping you appear well-rested and alert, and removing excess tissue that may be impairing your vision.
During a blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Ozgur can remove and tighten excess eyelid skin on your upper and lower eyelids. If necessary, he can also remove muscle from your eyelids. Based on your individual needs, you can have eyelid surgery on only your upper lids, only your bottom lids, or both.
An upper blepharoplasty is sometimes known as an eye lift. If your upper eyelid has excess skin that causes your lids to droop over your eyes, an upper blepharoplasty may be an ideal solution to remedy this problem.
Blepharoplasty isn’t always medically necessary, but it may help you feel more confident about your appearance. Regardless of the reasons, Dr. Ozgur expertly addresses your concerns and recommends the type of blepharoplasty you’ll benefit from the most.
Understanding what happens during a blepharoplasty
The procedure is similar for both upper and lower lids.
During an upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Ozgar makes small incisions along the natural folds of your eyelids, typically in the crease. This way, once you’ve healed, evidence of the incisions is virtually unnoticeable.
He removes any excess tissue or muscles, or both, to lift and tighten your upper lids and closes the incision. This corrects drooping, sagging eyelids that occur as a result of aging. Unless you’re undergoing blepharoplasty surgery as part of a more complex cosmetic surgery, it’s usually an outpatient procedure, so you can go home shortly after it’s over.
During a lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Ozgar makes an incision just beneath your lower lashes. That way, the incision disappears after it heals, just as it does with upper eyelid surgery. He removes excess fat, skin, and muscle that’s been making your eyes look puffy.
He closes the incision so the skin appears tighter and less puffy under your eye. In other words, lower blepharoplasty eliminates the bags under your eyes.
Expect a short recovery after blepharoplasty
Fortunately, blepharoplasty comes with a relatively short, easy recovery, so you can get on with your busy schedule without too much interruption. The first day after surgery, you can expect some bruising and swelling, which is completely normal. This usually subsides in a couple of days.
It helps to use cool compresses or ice packs on your eyes during the first 48 hours after surgery, as Dr. Ozgur recommends, to minimize swelling and bruising as you heal. You’ll have thin bandages over the incisions that we may remove at your follow-up appointment. The stitches remain for about a week.
Most men and women return to work and usual activities in a week to 10 days. At the two-week mark after blepharoplasty, any swelling or bruising should be barely noticeable. As you heal, you may temporarily experience blurred vision, watery eyes, and light sensitivity. The ice and cool compresses help with pain and discomfort.
For many adults, eyelid surgery is an ideal solution for sagging or puffy eyelids that make you look older than you are, or tired all the time. If you think you may benefit from blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ozgur by calling our office at 949-220-2488, or click here to request an appointment online.