Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty or an eye lift, reduces bagginess, excess skin, fat, and muscle from the lower and upper eyelids. As you age, your eyelids stretch, causing the muscles that support them to weaken. This causes excess fat to gather above and below your eyelids. The result is sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older or tired, severely sagging skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral or side vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate this, while giving you a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes. As a result, you will look more rested and alert. According to the most recent statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eyelid surgery is among the top 3 cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States with over 204,000 procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeons in 2012.
Who is a good candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
A blepharoplasty procedure is typically performed on adult men and women with healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower lids and the surrounding area. The best candidates for an eye lift are people who are in good overall health who also have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, but if baggy or droopy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery done sooner.
What to expect after Eyelid Surgery:
The eyelid surgery procedure usually takes 1-2 hours, depending on the amount and location of tissue being removed. The procedure may be performed under local anesthetic alone in healthy patients who are candidates. Afterwards, you will spend a short time in a recovery room, prior to discharge. Discomfort is minimal. It is common to have some swelling and bruising. This will subside within approximately 1 week following the procedure. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, your eyes will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.