Lower Blepharoplasty FAQs

Eyelid rejuvenation is not a cookie-cutter type of treatment because no two people experience the same signs of aging around the eyes. Sure, the vast majority of us will develop some fine lines and crepe-like skin on the upper and lower eyelids. However, heaviness and drooping can affect only one or the other areas, or both. When the lower eyelids are the primary point of concern, we focus our attention there. Why needlessly operate on the upper eyelids if they are holding their form? Whether you are considering lower blepharoplasty for eyelid rejuvenation or you want to improve the appearance of your upper and lower eyelids at the same time, we assume you have some questions. Here, we touch on a few FAQs for lower blepharoplasty. 

How is lower eyelid blepharoplasty performed?

Unlike upper blepharoplasty, in which incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelid, lower blepharoplasty has hidden incisions. For this procedure the surgeon usually makes an incision inside the lower eyelid. This is referred to as a transconjunctival approach. The lower blepharoplasty procedure involves the repositioning or removal of some or all of the fat pads beneath the eye. Skin is also tightened and trimmed at the lash line. These modifications reduce or eliminate puffiness. 

What will I look like right after blepharoplasty surgery?

Patients interested in blepharoplasty are usually instructed to take 2 weeks off work. This is because swelling and bruising can last at least that long. Usually, bruising is resolved enough in that time frame to be easily camouflaged with makeup. Swelling may linger but tends to be subtle and pretty nondescript, so patients can resume normal activities without self-consciousness. Right after a blepharoplasty procedure, it looks like the patient has been in a fight. Fortunately, the side effects look worse than they feel. 

How can I support my recovery from blepharoplasty?

Since bruising and swelling are the most common post-operative symptoms, patients are usually instructed to apply covered ice packs to the area for 20 minutes on and off for 48 hours. This need not continue through the night, but may be applied as is comfortable and convenient to assist in the recovery process. If an antibiotic ointment is prescribed, this should be used on the eye area as directed for at least one week. While the effects of surgery can look significant, pain is usually quite low. Patients should be aware of this and remain mindful of maintaining low activity levels until cleared by their doctor. 

Blepharoplasty has become one of the leading plastic surgery procedures of our time due to the benefits this procedure offers. To learn more, schedule a visit with us in St. Louis or St. Peters. 

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