Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a common procedure done by many patients in the U.S. and Canada. In fact, eyelid surgery has risen in popularity since 2015, according to ASPS. In a recent article on zwivel.com, Dr. Plant expands on the popular procedure and what to expect.

Common Blepharoplasty Candidates

In the western world, many individuals choose to undergo eyelid surgery if they are living with excess sagging skin on the upper or lower eyelids. This excess skin can cause problems with eyesight or patients to appear aged, tired, or even angry. “Excess upper eyelid skin can also give the patient an angry appearance, or even interfere with their visual field. All races age, nd there will always be a certain portion of those people who want to surgically alter that process,” Dr. Plant explained.

The Eyelid Surgery Process

Because each individual’s aging process is unique, no two eyelid surgeries will be completely the same. However, a basic process is followed. “The main features of any blepharoplasty involve the removal of bulging/excess fat and skin from around the eye, and blending the orbit – eye socket –  with the surrounding tissues,” said Dr. Plant. “This softens the harsh transitions, especially between the lower eyelid and the cheek, that are synonymous with an aging face.”

During surgery, Dr. Plant takes the time to ensure that all incisions are concealed by placing them along the natural crease lines of the eyelids. Eyelid surgery is a procedure that takes between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the extensiveness of the surgery.

Required Eyelid Surgery Downtime

After surgery, patients can expect to experience swelling, which will subside after 10-14 days. During that time, most patients are able to go about their daily routines, with final results visible after 3-6 months.

“Many people think that eyelid surgery will affect their eyesight,” says Plant, “The most common question I actually get from patients is ‘when can I work from a computer again?’ I tell those people that I’ve seen patients who’ve had the surgery done under local anesthesia dealing with work emails on their iPhones as we rolled them into recovery.”

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