What you need to know about eyelid surgery

Your eyes are often the first place on your face to show the signs of aging, making you look more tired and older than you are. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can correct puffiness and droopiness in the upper and lower eyelids and help you achieve a more youthful, rested appearance.

Here are some of the things you should know about this popular cosmetic surgery.

  1. It has high patient satisfaction. Eyelid surgery consists of making subtle changes that won’t look like you’ve had work done. Friends and colleagues will wonder what you’ve done but won’t be able to tell you’ve gone under the knife.
  2. Scars will be hidden. One of the reasons why this is a popular surgery with high patient satisfaction is that incisions are designed so that scars will become hidden as you heal. On the upper eyelid, incisions are made in the natural crease of the lid. The surgeon repositions or removes fat deposits, tightens muscles and removes excess skin. On the lower eyelids, incisions are made slightly below the lower lash line and excess skin and fat is removed.
  3. Recovery is manageable. Right after surgery, lubricating ointment and cold compresses are applied to the treatment area. Gauze may cover the eyes initially. You can expect some swelling, bruising and irritation, which will subside as you heal. Usually, over-the-counter medication can help control any discomfort or pain.
  4. Surgery can be combined with other procedures. Eyelid surgery is often combined with other procedures or treatments to help address fine lines and wrinkles and hollowed areas in the face. This can help you achieve the optimal results you desire.
  5. Most patients return to work and other activities within 1-2 weeks. Stitches will be removed within a week, at which time you can start wearing makeup again.

If you want to look more rested and alert, eyelid surgery may be right for you. To see if you are a candidate for surgery, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation in our Bloomington office.

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