Eyelid Tuck (Blepharoplasty)
Our eyes are usually the first thing that people notice about us, and unfortunately, often the first part of our face to show the signs of aging. Hooded upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes age the face and make you look more tired than you actually feel. Blepharoplasty by Dr. Richard Levine can rejuvenate the eyes by removing loose skin from the upper eyelids and fat from both the upper and lower lids.
Blepharoplasty is performed in the office under local anesthetic. On the upper eyelid an initial incision is made along the eyelid crease , then an additional incision is made higher along the eyelid. The distance between the two incisions depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Fat removal, when needed, is intentionally conservative to avoid a sunken look after surgery. The skin edges are closed using sutures to transform, reposition and/or deepen the eyelid crease. On the lower eyelid, an incision is made through the inside of the lid and excess fat is removed. The incision may be closed with one or two dissolving sutures, but more commonly no stitches are used.
Stitches, if any, are typically removed in five to seven days after the procedure and recovery time is about one week. The results last for years, opening the eyes and making them look bright and alert, giving you a more youthful and rested appearance.
After Blepharoplasty surgery, the eyes will often be lubricated and covered with bandages. Pain and discomfort can be managed with oral medications. Sunglasses and a protective sunblock are required for several weeks. Normal activities can be resumed after about 10 days. Strenuous activities such as lifting, bending, or exercise can be resumed after about 3 weeks.
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