Each year, tens of thousands of men and women choose to undergo eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, to improve their appearance. Droopy eyelids can make you look older, tired, and sad. This procedure offers maximum impact on your looks with a fairly simple recovery process. By lifting the eyelids, removing puffiness, and eliminating bags, you can restore a naturally youthful, lively, appearance. For most people in Sacramento and beyond, eyelid surgery can be easily added to a plastic surgery after weight loss plan.
If you’re looking into surgery after weight loss and facial rejuvenation is on your list, it makes sense to look into the benefits of blepharoplasty. If you would like to know more about plastic surgery, request a consultation with Dr. David Kaufman or Dr. Drew Davis to learn about the procedure and decide if it’s an option for you.
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Most candidates for eyelid surgery are nearing or middle aged. However, younger individuals with inherited baggy eyes can benefit from blepharoplasty as well. Further, as with all surgical procedures, the best candidates for blepharoplasty are those who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations.
If you have any eye conditions, such as glaucoma or dry eye, you should check with your ophthalmologist prior to surgery for clearance.
Eyelid Surgery and Recovery
Blepharoplasty typically takes one to two hours to complete and is performed in our onsite/outpatient facility under local anesthesia with sedation, and occasionally under general anesthesia—depending on the specifics of the procedure.
Recovery from eyelid surgery is fairly simple and should take about a week, with the possibility of residual bruising that can be easily covered by makeup. There will be a post-operative routine you will be required to follow, which includes keeping your head elevated and cleaning around your eyes. Additionally, it is important you engage in light activities for a few days following your procedure and avoid straining and raising your blood pressure. Rest will help you heal faster.
Bruising and swelling will peak a few days after surgery and gradually dissipate. Most people feel they look good enough to go back to work and out in public in about a week to a week and a half.
For most people, the risks of blepharoplasty are minimal. Beyond the normal surgical risks (infection, swelling, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and minor asymmetry) although rare, eyelid surgery could result in vision problems, which resolve after a few days.
If you’re feeling happy about your weight loss, but your eyes don’t show it, blepharoplasty may be right for you, which can be combined with a facelift and brow lift for a complete facial makeover. Contact us at (916) 983-9895 and plan a visit to our Folsom office.