Blepharoplasty Will Open Up Your Eyes
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of drooping, heavy or puffy upper or lower eyelids. The procedure is performed by removing excess fat, skin, or muscle, and reshaping the eyelids to have a more youthful appearance. The surgery takes years off your appearance and can improve vision impairments caused by excessive sagging of skin due to aging or hereditary traits.
On its own, blepharoplasty improves the appearance of heavy, tired eyes, creating a refreshed, relaxed appearance. However, pairing a blepharoplasty with other procedures such as a browlift, facelift, or skin resurfacing rewinds the clock and helps you regain an overall more youthful appearance.
In 2015, almost 170,000 Americans elected to have blepharoplasty surgery. Additionally, blepharoplasty was one of the top five most performed procedures for both women and men in the United States due to its age-defying results, the simplicity of the procedure, and the quick recovery time.
Dr. Shapiro performs this procedure with patients under general anesthesia. For a blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids, Dr. Shapiro begins the procedure by making an incision in a carefully selected area of the eyelid that will allow for the scars to be concealed in the natural crease of the eyelid. For a blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids, Dr. Shapiro makes an incision near the lower lash line to blend with the natural curvature of the eyes and concealing the scars. After the initial incision, Dr. Shapiro removes or repositions fat deposits, tightens the muscles, and removes excess skin. Finally, he skilfully closes the incisions with very fine sutures that will be removed one week after the procedure.
Most patients experience only mild discomfort after the procedure with minimal swelling and bruising. After these side effects subside, patients will be able to see the results of their procedure. Most patients can return to light activity after three days, and strenuous activity can be resumed a month after their procedure.
If you are ready to learn more about how a blepharoplasty procedure can help you achieve a more youthful and relaxed appearance, call (480) 451-1700 to set up a consultation with Dr. Shapiro.