Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that removes unwanted eyelid skin and restores your eye area. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries (top 3) in the United States. There are several reasons why both men and women decide on blepharoplasty. The majority of our patients seek to restore their eye area to a more youthful appearance. It’s truly phenomenal how small changes in your eye area can affect your entire appearance as well as boost your confidence!
Eyelid Surgery: Step-By-Step Guide
Life happens; you have plans. Therefore, we suggest that you plan your eyelid surgery at least a month ahead, so you get enough time to prepare and recover. In this article, I will take you through the blepharoplasty procedure at SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics step-by-step.
1. Make an appointment
To begin with, call our office and make an appointment. An in-person consultation with Dr. Angelina Postoev (or one of our skilled surgeons) is essential. However, we also offer teleconsults as the first step in the process.
2. Prepare for the consultation
In the clinic, get ready to provide information to your doctor about the following:
- Your general health condition and eye condition;
- Previous surgeries, including plastic surgeries;
- Current medications, including food supplements and vitamins;
- Drug allergies, especially anesthesia allergy;
- And more… (your surgeon will ask a few questions to evaluate your individual needs).
To properly prepare you for eyelid surgery, the surgeon might also need to order some lab tests. It’s a great time to discuss your eyelid surgery goals, expectations, and concerns if any. Your surgeon will discuss anesthesia options and go over postoperative treatment requirements.
It’s common to take photos of the patient’s face before the surgery to better plan the surgery strategy and evaluate the final results.
3. Get ready
- The doctor usually recommends that you stop taking any medications that increase bleeding chances and quit smoking at least a week before the surgery;
- Stock up on ice: it will be useful in the first few days after the operation;
- Clear your calendar in advance. You will need time to stay home and recover;
- Talk to your surgeon about other preparation steps you might need to take based on your individual circumstances.
4. Surgery day
Blepharoplasty is a very delicate procedure, it requires a very skilled, board-certified surgeon to perform it. At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, on the day of the surgery, you will go through three main stages: anesthesia, incisions (the surgery), and closure of the incisions.
Depending on what you need to be corrected (upper, lower eyelid, or both), the incisions will differ:
- For the upper eyelids, the doctor makes an incision in the natural crease just above your eye. The skin is pulled tight enough to reduce sagging without losing the natural eye contour. Excess fat and skin are removed.
- For the lower eyelid, the incision is made along the lash line. Excess fat and skin are removed to help the lid stay positioned just below your eye.
The closure is done with tiny stitches or special glue. In case of stitches, they will be removed after the surgery. When using the glue, no extra steps are required.
5. Recovery period
Healing is usually uneventful and lasts for up to 1 month. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions for faster healing after the procedure.
6. Enjoy your refreshed self
Results are typically visible within one to two weeks after the surgery, after swelling and/or bruising goes down. Soon afterward, you will experience the thrill of renewed eyes that eyelid surgery can bring to your face. It’s exciting to compare your photos before and after the procedure!
7. Make sure to take care of your eye area
The results of blepharoplasty last 7-10 years (on average). However, you should remember that no surgery can stop the natural aging process, so a proper skincare routine and a healthy lifestyle can help you enjoy the results longer. According to the statistics available today, most patients never repeat eyelid cosmetic surgery.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for men and women in Atlanta, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.