Blepharoplasty is the term used for an upper or lower eyelid surgery that may include an incision and removal of some skin and fat from the upper or lower areas around your eye. It’s a very quick way to improve sagging under the eyes or hooding upper eyelids to give a more youthful look to your entire upper face. Many women and men in New Jersey have chosen to go through with a blepharoplasty to improve their appearance, self-esteem and happiness. When performed by a trained cosmetic surgeon, the results can be stunning and will offer a long term improvement.
How long does it take?
The entire procedure is usually very quick, as surgeries go. Once the local anesthetic and sedative have been administered, the surgeon will start the blepharoplasty on one eye at a time, working slowly to make sure the results are perfect. It will take anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes for the upper eyelids to be completed and 60 to 90 minutes for the lower eyelids. You will normally come in for your appointment in the morning and will be ready to go home by lunch.
Will there be a lot of pain?
Most people worry about pain before the procedure, but say that it wasn’t a big issue at all after the procedure. Narcotics are never needed for the procdure, only Tylenol is necessary. The mild sedative, if needed, will keep you relaxed and help with any anxiety. Once the procedure is finished, the local anesthetic slowly starts to wear off. Pain after the fact is mild and normally requires nothing more than Tylenol. Being able to have your surgery done by an exceptionally well-trained team of staff goes a long way towards making the entire surgery a pleasant experience.
How long is recovery?
While the main bruising is normal for the first 2 weeks, you can put makeup over it after that. Complete recovery can take up to 6 weeks though this is usually just lingering swelling. The incision line itself is hidden within the natural crease of your upper eyelids and is not noticeable unless you are really looking for it. For the lower eyelid, the incision line can be made on the inside of the eyelid or just underneath the lashes, depending on your anatomy.