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Questions About Blepharoplasty

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is another name for cosmetic eyelid surgery. It is performed to rejuvenate the eye area, targeting:

  • Puffy eyelids
  • Droopy lower eyelids
  • Bags
  • Wrinkles, sagging skin, folds

Blepharoplasty can correct the signs of aging in both the upper and lower eyelids.

How do I know if blepharoplasty is for me?

If you feel dissatisfied with wrinkles, bags, or sagging of the lids, or if there is excessive shadowing, or dark circles of the lids, then blepharoplasty may help.  Or, if you feel as though you look tired or angry when you actually feel rested and happy, then eyelid rejuvenation with blepharoplasty may be for you.

Aging in the eye region is complex, and blepharoplasty is one of many treatments available to target aging in this area. The best way to determine which is right for you is through a consultation with Clearwater facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso.

Besides blepharoplasty, what procedures can rejuvenate my eye area?

Blepharoplasty is commonly used in conjunction with a number of other procedures, including:

  • Brow Lift
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • Dermal fillers
  • Laser skin treatments

Sometimes these may be used instead of blepharoplasty to target specific symptoms of aging, such as crows’ feet.

Do I need separate procedures for each eye or for correcting my upper and lower eyelids?

You can have your upper and lower eyelids of both eyes operated on at the same time. This is actually recommended, since it saves you cost and recovery time and does not increase the low risk of complications for this procedure.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

Most blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia. For the upper eyelids, incisions are made in the natural folds where they will be concealed whenever you have your eyes open. In the lower eyelids, they can be made either just below the eyelashes or inside the lower lids. Sometimes patients will combine blepharoplasty with other facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift, or browlift.

What is recovery from blepharoplasty like?

Recovery from blepharoplasty is typically quick with relatively little discomfort. There will be some swelling and discoloration. An icepack can be used to keep swelling and bruising down. If necessary, over the counter pain medication can be used to control discomfort. Most people can return to work in a few days, but if you want to conceal that you had surgery, you might have to take a week or more off from work to wait until swelling goes down. Some patients experience temporary dryness after their surgery, which may be treated easily with eyedrops from the eye care kit each patient receives. In some cases, the swelling and bruising may persist for more than a week.

How long do the results of blepharoplasty last?

The results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting. Although they permanently rejuvenate the eyelids, they do not stop the aging process. Most people report seeing the results from their blepharoplasty for 5-10 years or even longer.

Why should I pick Gayoso Plastic Surgery for my blepharoplasty?

For a blepharoplasty, you should work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who knows how to perform your surgery safely and effectively. However, you should also work with a surgeon you trust to give good recommendations about your procedure, because there are many variations of the technique, and because sometimes a blepharoplasty is not required for you to have improvement.

Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped thousands of people in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area and across Florida to get great results from plastic surgery. We invite you to look at some examples of his work in our Before and After Gallery. In addition, Gayoso Plastic Surgery offers a full range of surgical and nonsurgical procedures so you can be sure to find the right procedure for you.

To learn more about blepharoplasty or Dr. Gayoso, please contact Gayoso Plastic today to schedule an appointment in Tampa, St Petersburg, or Clearwater, Florida.