Why Eyelid Surgery is So Popular

It’s inevitable. We will all eventually notice the impact of aging on the face. In the past year of mask-wearing, we were reminded of the impact of our eyes. This led thousands of people to seek eyelid rejuvenation through blepharoplasty. The increase in interest for eyelid surgery is noticeable, but it’s really nothing new. Adults of all ages have been helped by blepharoplasty for many years now. Here, we discuss some of the aspects of eyelid surgery that may be behind its popularity. 

What is Blepharoplasty all About?

Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery can significantly improve the look of the eyes. It can also, in relevant cases, improve the function of the upper eyelids and eliminate an obstruction to vision by lifting sagging tissue. Eyelid surgery typically takes an hour or less. It may be performed in a doctor’s office or an outpatient surgery center. Each procedure is customized to trim just as much tissue as is needed to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes. An ophthalmic plastic surgeon has extensive experience studying and working with the eyelids so utilizes the extra care that is needed to avoid too much tissue excision. 

Recovery and Results

Another reason that blepharoplasty is popular is that the recovery period that follows surgery is relatively short. Patients can expect some noticeable swelling and bruising around the eyes after their procedure, and some dryness. These side effects are easy to manage and they fade significantly within a week. Still, patients usually take two weeks off work and social obligations to allow the skin to heal completely before resuming life as usual. During blepharoplasty recovery, patients should avoid wearing makeup, swimming and other water activities, wearing contact lenses, and touching the eyes. Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat should be worn outdoors to prevent sun exposure, which can affect scarring. 

While there are nonsurgical treatments that can achieve subtle improvement to aging eyes, such as injectable dermal fillers and wrinkle reducers, there is no denying that, at this time, no treatment can compare to the lasting results of blepharoplasty. Most people who undergo eyelid surgery do not repeat the procedure. While aging is ongoing, the eyes remain more youthful than they would be without the eyelid lift. 

If you would like to explore how to rejuvenate your eyes, contact our St. Louis or St. Peters office today!

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