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Everything You Need to Know About Blepharoplasty Surgery

Sagging, hooded eyelids are one of the hallmarks of early aging. When you age, the muscles that support your eyelids weaken, and excess fat can gather both above and below. This can cause bags under your eyes, droopy upper eyelids, and sagging eyebrows. This can have many negative effects, like making you look tired or angry – or even impacting your vision. Blepharoplasty is one of the best options for rejuvenating your look, so here are just a few things to know about it and how it can help.

Determining Whether Or Not Blepharoplasty Is Right For You

The first step in your blepharoplasty process is meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Zuliani who can assess your medical history for things like allergies, glaucoma, dry eyes, and more. These things can affect the safety of your surgery and your results. It’s also important to determine whether eyelid surgery is the best technique for your goals – you may be better suited for something like a brow lift instead, based on your anatomy.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Blepharoplasty is done in an outpatient setting – sometimes it can even be performed in-office. You’ll be given medication to help you relax, and the area around your eyes will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Once you’re ready, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat through a predetermined incision, and tighten the underlying muscles to a more upright position. Once this is complete, your incisions will be closed with special sutures and you can return home.

After The Procedure

After you return home, it’s important to follow any aftercare instructions. These will be given by our staff, as well as a contact in case of emergency. Important aftercare steps include:

• Ice packs. You will need to use an ice pack to minimize swelling around the area. You’ll need to use these on a regular schedule to avoid damage to the skin.
• Sanitation. It’s important to clean your eyelids and use any prescribed cleansers or eyedrops according to instructions.
• No heavy lifting or swimming.
• No strenuous activities.
• No smoking.
• No rubbing your eyes.

The majority of pain and swelling should be subsided within one to two weeks. You can expect some blurred vision and light sensitivity during this time so consider wearing sunglasses for extra comfort. Do not rub or itch your eyes – instead, use the prescribed ointments and eyedrops to minimize any discomfort. Finally, make sure to sleep with your head elevated. Your final results should begin to emerge over the course of a few weeks and months, with a more alert and awake look.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in blepharoplasty in Bloomfield Township, Dr. Zuliani can help. Eyelid surgery can help boost your look and help you enjoy a more youthful profile. To get started, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.