Blepharoplasty-The Facts

Surgery of the eyelids is not unusual. Each year thousands of men and women undergo this cosmetic procedure in North America

is designed to remove the bags under the eyes and improve the droopy eyelids. When done well, the surgery can help restore a more youthful look with fresh looking eyes

is often not done as an isolated procedure but is frequently combined with face lift and brow lifts.

Like all cosmetic procedures, one has to be realistic about blepharoplasty. It is not a permanent cure for baggy eyes. The results are variable among patients and no one gets a 100% improvement.

The surgery when done well does provide a refreshed face with younger looking eyes.

Blepharoplasty is not for everyone. Diabetics and those with hyperactive thyroid gland may need to seek advice from their physician before undergoing the procedure.

Cosmetic surgeons always recommend an additional procedure such as a face lift, brow lift or Botox to compliment the blepharoplasty. Besides making you more beautiful, it also increases the incomes of the surgeons

Blepharoplasty can be done either under general or local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure.

After surgery, some swelling and bruising is common. Keeping the head elevated and applying cold compressed sooth the pain and limit the swelling.

Following your physician's instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive stress, trauma or motion during the time of healing. You will be given specific instructions on how to look after your incisions.

The pain is mild to moderate after the surgery and easily controlled with pain medications.

The eye area will need to be kept clean and dry for about 7-10 days.

Eye drops to lubricate the eyes will be required for some individuals.

Exercise and sports should be refrained for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Some surgeons use stitches which self absorb and do not require removal.

The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside. After 1-2 months you will see a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding face with a rejuvenated appearance.

Looking beautiful is never for free, except for the few lucky ones. For the rest of us, it is an expensive undertaking just to look a few years young.

Blepharoplasty is usually not covered by medical insurance as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

It is always your responsibility to check with the insurance company to determine your coverage

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