You can cure baggy eyes, droopy eyelids, and more; but how is under eye surgery performed? Learn the facts and what to expect after surgery.
Caring about your appearance isn’t vain – how a person is perceived can directly affect their long-term success. Sociologists have coined the term “halo effect” to describe how attractive features can positively impact a person.
Unfortunately, the under eye is one of the most sensitive areas of the face. It changes dramatically over the years. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that under eye surgery is one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures in 2018.
The clinical name for this procedure is blepharoplasty. If you’re thinking about getting one, you can learn more about how it’s performed below.
What Is Under Eye Surgery?
A blepharoplasty is more than just under eye surgery, as it can be done on the upper eyelids as well. No matter which, the procedure generally means having fat, skin, and/or muscles removed.
Surgeons may refer to under eye surgery in particular as lower blepharoplasty. Compared to other cosmetic surgeries, blepharoplasty is less serious, and you may be able to return to work within a week.
The Initial Consultation
Before the procedure is booked, the surgeon needs to evaluate their patient. Patients with current or previous eye conditions may not be eligible for this procedure. Something as simple as a dry eye condition may worsen afterwards.
Additionally, this procedure yields better results for nonsmokers. Smokers have impaired blood circulation, which complicates healing. Although not necessarily barred from blepharoplasty, they need to take extra precautions.
The General Procedure
This procedure is performed while the patient is awake. Although seemingly intimidating, patients are given sufficient sedative and anesthetic to feel calm and numb.
There are a few different techniques used for under eye surgery. The most common is making an incision at the lash line to remove excess skin. For patients only needing fat removed, however, it may be done from inside the lower eyelid.
Compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures, blepharoplasty has a straight-forward recovery period. There is some swelling and bruising, but not excessive pain. To prevent infection, take pain medications, ice your eyes, and use antibiotics.
Just to be safe, avoid doing anything taxing for about two weeks. Your stitches will be removed around a week after the procedure. It should only take two weeks for the swelling and bruising to disappear. The incision sites may remain pink for longer but fade with time.
More About Our Procedures
Under eye surgery is not just for cosmetic reasons but can also improve vision. Truthfully, the skin around the eye is very fragile and can easily make a person appear older than they really are. Even with the best self-care and skin routine, this sensitive area is still susceptible to aging.
To discover if you’re the right candidate for a blepharoplasty, call Dr. Popp Cosmetic at (402) 391-4558 for a consultation today.