7 facts about eyelid surgery

If you’ve ever been told you look tired or angry or sad, but you don’t feel that way, then you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. If you have sagging eyelids or puffiness around the eyes, you may have thought about undergoing eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.

Here are seven facts about this cosmetic surgery procedure that you should know.

  1. Some patients seek eyelid surgery for functional improvements. Most patients have cosmetic reasons to seek eyelid surgery. If you have sagging eyelids that are affecting your vision, eyelid surgery can help correct this by removing the extra skin that is hanging over your eyelid.
  2. Most people over the age of 40 are good candidates for surgery. The eyes are one of the first places in the face to show the signs of aging, and patients say they don’t like their tired-looking appearance.
  3. Patients should have good tone in their facial muscles and tissue. If you have eye diseases, you may have to wait until you get your condition corrected before surgery. A thorough exam and health history will help determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
  4. Incisions can be hidden, so no resulting scars are visible. When eyelid surgery is done on the upper eyelids, incisions are made in the natural crease of the lid so you won’t see the scar after you’ve healed. When surgery is done on the lower eyelids, incisions are made just below the lower eyelashes or within the inside of the eyelid so that scars will not be visible.
  5. There isn’t much pain with this procedure. A cold compress and lubricating eyedrops will help when you return home. Any pain and discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.
  6. Recovery isn’t overly difficult. Most patients return to work in 3-5 days. Stitches will be removed after about a week. You may experience some initial swelling, but this should resolve in a few weeks.
  7. Eyelid surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates. This is due to the fact that incisions and resulting scars will be easily hidden, there isn’t much pain or downtime for this surgery, and it provides remarkable rejuvenation results.

If you want to wake up tired-looking eyes, contact our Everett office at (425) 259-2020 to schedule a consultation to see if eyelid surgery is right for you.

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