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What Is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery, also commonly referred to as “blepharoplasty,” is a procedure that adjusts and lifts the skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Loose skin that causes fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging is removed from the eyelids, and fat deposits are removed or repositioned to lessen puffiness. As the muscles and other tissues are lifted, the eyes gain a refreshed and youthful appearance.

How Blepharoplasty Helps

Look More Youthful
Signs of aging can show around the eyes as the skin sags and may form fine lines, wrinkles, and droopy skin. Blepharoplasty removes saggy or excess skin and tightens loose tissues to produce firm, smooth skin with a more youthful appearance.

Brighten Tired Eyes
Loose skin and fatty areas can weigh down the eyelids. This may create a tired appearance even when someone is well rested or youthful in appearance. Excess fatty deposits can also create bags and puffiness that may also contribute to a tired or aged look. Upper and lower eyelid surgery may provide patients with a more rested and alert appearance. Patients love the ‘after’ look of blepharoplasty and are grateful for the results.

Restore Impaired Vision
Fatty deposits, sagging skin, and wrinkles on the upper eyelids can hang down and cause vision impairment, Upper eyelid surgery can work to remove excess skin and fat so patients can see more clearly post-surgery.

Blepharoplasty FAQ

Q. How does Dr. Gilpin perform a blepharoplasty? Where are the incisions placed during the blepharoplasty procedure?
A. Dr. Gilpin places the small upper eyelid incision within the natural crease of the eyelid so that no scar will be noticeable post-procedure. The lower eyelid surgery incision is hidden within the inside of the lower lid to remove or reposition the small pockets of fat around the eye.  An incision may also be placed on the outside of the eyelid, near the lashes, to remove excess lower lid skin.  This eyelid skin heals very well, and incisions are almost undetectable once fully recovered.

Q. When can I return to work, normal activities, and my regular lifestyle after the procedure?
A. Most patients are able to resume work and normal activities one week after eyelid surgery. Slight swelling and bruising may persist up to a week, but cold compresses will help reduce these side effects. Dr. Gilpin and his staff will answer all questions about the post-procedure process prior to your surgery.

Q. How long will the results of blepharoplasty last?
A. Results from eyelid surgery will be long lasting as long as the patient maintains a healthy skincare regimen and protects the area from the sun. The patient’s skin and tissues of the face and eyes will continue to age naturally, but the blepharoplasty itself will create a long-lasting result.

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