A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the shape of your upper or lower eyelid tissue, or both. Facial cosmetic surgeons typically carry out treatment for aesthetic reasons, although it may be a medical requirement for some patients. The goal is to correct drooping, puffiness, and wrinkles, making the eyes appear brighter and healthier.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is becoming increasingly popular for its ability to enhance appearance. The procedure can treat all kinds of problems, including sagging skin that distorts the natural contours of the face, impaired vision, bags under the eyes, excessive wrinkles, and drooping lower eyelids that expose the whites of your eyes.
The first stage in any blepharoplasty is preparation. Dr. Farole and the team will talk to you about your goals and the types of outcomes you can expect from the treatment. You’ll learn the extent to which the intervention might benefit you and the precise locations in which you require intervention. We will also ask you about your medical history, including whether you have glaucoma, allergies, or circulatory problems, as these could jeopardize the procedure’s effectiveness. If you decide to go ahead, we will schedule a date and time for the operation.
Blepharoplasty is a relatively simple procedure that Dr. Farole performs under either local or general anesthesia.
If you only require work on your upper eyelid, you may only need a local anesthetic. Operations on the lower eyelid are more complicated and usually require general anesthesia.
For the upper eyelid, blepharoplasty involves cutting along the fold of the eyelid and removing excess skin, fat, or muscle. For the lower eyelid, Dr. Farole cuts just below the eyelash line, or inside the lower lid, extracting excess tissue.
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After the procedure, you may experience watering eyes, light sensitivity, double vision, or puffy and numb eyelids. Recovery involves taking the following steps:
- Avoiding strenuous exercises
- Placing ice packs on your eyes periodically after surgery according to Dr. Farole’s instructions
- Cleaning your eyelids with prescribed ointments
- Avoiding smoking or rubbing your eyes
- Avoiding using contact lenses for two weeks following surgery
- Avoid strenuous activities, such as intense exercise
- Avoid swimming for at least a week following surgery
Am I a Candidate for a Blepharoplasty?
While a broad range of people can benefit from a blepharoplasty, good candidates have the following characteristics:
- No eye conditions or infections
- Realistic goals for what surgery can achieve
- In good health and no conditions that could impair healing
Before getting a blepharoplasty, a consultation is essential. Since the eyelids are a part of the face, other neighboring structures could be causing the drooping or sagging of the eyes, such as the eyebrows or forehead skin. Dr. Farole will thoroughly assess you to determine the cause of your eye problems before recommending surgical intervention.
Dr. Anthony Farole is the best. I came in very scared and afraid. Dr. Farole and his wonderful staff were very patient with me and helped calm me down. They reassured me that i would be fine and took very good care of me. I felt no pain and the procedure went very smooth. Thank you so much for a job well done!
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Still curious about blepharoplasty? Schedule a consultation at Dr. Farole’s Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.