Did you know that your eyelids can get in the way of your vision? Eyelids can become lax and can sag in the upper lid and lower lid areas. The upper lids can block vision and the lower lids can create discomfort in the eyes opening them up to dryness and airborne infection. We recommend the blepharoplasty at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery to help you with these issues.

What is a Blepharoplasty?

A Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a procedure that refreshes the eyes by addressing loose skin and small deposits of fat of the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure is performed by Dr. Schneider for both cosmetic and functional purposes, restoring your youthful look and lifting droopy lids that could be interfering with your line of vision.

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What is Blepharoplasty for?

Blepharoplasty can address any or all of the following concerns:

  • Crepe-papery skin and fine lines below the eye
  • Puffy lower eyelids giving you a perpetually tired look
  • Upper lids that hang down and interfere with your line of vision
  • Upper eyelids that are puffy and droopy, making you look sad or worn
  • Disappearing upper lid, making it difficult to apply eye makeup

Eyelid surgery is often done alone, but Dr. Schneider can combine it with other procedures to enhance the overall effect such as a facelift or brow lift.

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Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure because it can provide dramatic results with less discomfort and downtime than many other types of surgery. The results are long-lasting, making this procedure a good investment of time and money for patients. To learn more about your options in eyelid surgery, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery.

*Individual results may vary.

How does a blepharoplasty procedure work?

Blepharoplasty is commonly performed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation is more often recommended for more complex procedures of for those who are anxious about the surgery or when the eyelid surgery is combined with another procedure. Upper, lower or both lids can be addressed in a single surgery. Patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure.

The incisions for upper eyelid surgery are usually made in the crease of the eye while lower lid incisions are frequently made just below the lash line or alternatively on the inside aspect of the eyelid. This approach minimizes visible scarring after the procedure. Through the incisions, Dr. Schneider removes excess fat, tissue and skin, creating a smoother look all the way around the eye.

What is recovery like?

After a blepharoplasty is performed, eyelids are likely to feel puffy and somewhat numb. Oral pain medication will help to relieve any discomfort, and cold compresses will keep swelling to a minimum. Most patients are ready to return to work and their regular activities within one to two weeks, although more strenuous activity is usually restricted for as long as two to three weeks.

What can I expect from my blepharoplasty results?

You will be able to see the results of your eyelid surgery once bruising and swelling subside – usually within a week or two. Eyes will appear refreshed, and vision should improve if drooping lids were interfering before surgery. Eyelid surgery is considered a permanent correction and no further treatment is needed to maintain your results. However, if sagging starts to develop over time, touch-up treatments can be performed at the patient’s request.