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How is blepharoplasty surgery performed and what can I expect afterwards?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle from the eyelids to improve the appearance of the eyes and correct functional problems. Here is an overview of how the surgery is performed:

  1. Anesthesia: The first step in blepharoplasty surgery is to administer local anesthesia or general anesthesia to the patient to ensure they are comfortable during the procedure.

  2. Incision: The surgeon will then make incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids, or just below the lower eyelashes, to minimize the visibility of scars. The incisions may also extend into the crow's feet area to address wrinkles.

  3. Tissue removal: Depending on the patient's needs, the surgeon will remove excess skin, fat, and muscle tissue from the eyelids using a scalpel, laser, or electrocautery.

  4. Closure: The surgeon will then use small sutures or adhesive strips to close the incisions, and the patient's eyes will be covered with ointment and a bandage.

  5. Recovery: After the surgery, the patient will need to rest for several days and avoid strenuous activities or bending over. They will also need to use eye drops to help prevent infection and reduce swelling and bruising.

Blepharoplasty surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes about one to two hours to complete.

The recovery period after blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual's healing ability. Here is an overview of what to expect during the recovery period:

  1. Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising around the eyes are common after blepharoplasty, and can last for up to two weeks. Applying cold compresses to the eyes can help reduce swelling and bruising.

  2. Pain and discomfort: Mild pain and discomfort are common after blepharoplasty. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort.

  3. Eye drops: Eye drops may be prescribed to prevent infection and help reduce inflammation.

  4. Stitches and bandages: If stitches are used to close the incisions, they may be removed after about a week. Bandages are usually removed within a day or two of the surgery.

  5. Activity restrictions: Patients are usually advised to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for at least two weeks after surgery. Bending over or lifting heavy objects should also be avoided to reduce swelling.

  6. Return to work: Most patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days after surgery, but this can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual's healing ability.

  7. Final results: The final results of blepharoplasty may take several months to fully appear as the swelling subsides and the incision scars fade.

It is important to follow the surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

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