Top Things to Know Before Eyelid Surgery

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Top Things to Know Before Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure in which excess skin, muscle and fat in the upper or lower eyelids are removed. It is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries people choose to have. That being said, it is still an operation that requires specific research and preparation. Here are the top things to know before eyelid surgery.

It can make you look years younger.

The delicate skin surrounding your eyes is often the first area that show signs of aging. Skin loses elasticity and muscles weaken as we age. Because of this, the eyelids may begin sagging and drooping. Bags may also form in the lower lids. However, eyelid surgery can significantly reverse these signs of aging by giving you a rested and rejuvenated appearance.

You will still look like yourself.

Eyelid surgery will not change the basic structure of how your eyes look, for it is not a reconstructive operation. It is important to discuss with your surgeon about your expectations so they can help you reach your cosmetic goals. The results of eyelid surgery are generally much more subtle, which results in more of a refreshed look than a dramatic change.

Avoid makeup, contact lenses, and brow grooming.

Any contact with your eye area will hinder the recovery process and increase swelling. We recommend avoiding makeup, contact lenses, and brow grooming for at least the first few weeks. This will prevent excess swelling, as well as risk of infection.

It is normal to be nervous.

Although common and generally a safe procedure, blepharoplasty is still a surgical procedure that warrants a healthy amount of nerves. Be sure to talk with your surgeon openly in the weeks and days leading up to the procedure to ease some fears. It will also help to do research and take the necessary steps pre-op.

Be aware of risks and post-op side effects.

With a skilled doctor taking care of you, eyelid surgery is generally very safe. That being said, there are risks as any surgical procedure would have. This can include skin sensation changes, difficulty closing your eyes, and dry eyes. Bruising, scarring, and infection can also occur. Swelling is quite common after the surgery, but applying a cold compress regularly in the following days will help. We also recommend having a pair of big sunglasses ready during post-op as your recover.

Allow time for recovery process.

Post-op to the best time to take a break physically, emotionally, mentally. Any type of stress will slow down your recovery. Take off from work, give yourself time to recover privately, and do your best to relax.

It takes a year for full results to show.

While you may have tunnel-vision in focusing on nothing but results after the operation, you must try to be patient. Swelling especially won’t make the true results visible for at least six months to a full year. Patience is key here; let your recovery run its course.


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