Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery of either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, to remove excessive skin and/or fat deposits. An upper blepharoplasty can open up the eyes. A similar technique can be used to create double folds in Asian eyelids. For lower blepharoplasty, it can reduce wrinkles and remove excessive skin. It is very important to tell your doctor if you frequently have dry eyes. In Scottsdale, eyelid surgery is one of commonest cosmetic surgical procedures.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Upper blepharoplasty is done in the crease of the eyelid and helps to reduce the appearance of exhaustion. When the upper eyelid has excessive skin it can cause peripheral vision impairment. The procedure removes the unnecessary skin, and part of the eyelid muscle is usually removed.
In cases where the excessive skin is impinging upon the peripheral fields of vision, and if this impairment is documented and confirmed by a visual fields examination, insurance will cover the upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedure.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is done through the eyelash line, or through the conjunctiva, so the scar is camouflaged, or completely hidden. Fat deposits are removed and the surgical site is sutured.
Canthopexy is sometimes required if the lateral support at the outer corner of the eye has loosened. The eyes are usually more round and the lower eyelid frequently slips downward, exposing the whites of the eyes below the iris (the colored part of the eyes). This exposed white area is commonly referred to as “scleral show” and lateral canthopexy can be done to restore the normal lateral lower eyelid support, and to nicely reposition the lower eyelid; while, preventing further deterioration of the lower eyelid position and appearance.
Depending upon the board certified plastic surgeon at North Valley Plastic Surgery, the sutures can be either nylon or dissolvable. With nylon sutures, they will have to be removed in four to seven days. Cosmetic eye surgery Arizona.
What to Expect During the Recovery Period
The eyelid area is going to be bruised and swollen for up to two weeks. Contact lenses should not be worn for two weeks; and, makeup should not be worn for at least ten days.
It is important to keep the eyes moist with artificial tears or saline. It is not uncommon to be unable to close the lids until the swelling subsides.
For further questions about Scottsdale – Phoenix cosmetic eye surgery, please call our office at 480-991-6877.