Eyelid tightening (blepharoplasty) is a surgical cosmetic procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to eliminate or reduce drooping or sagging eyelids. While eyelid tightening is a procedure that will reduce drooping eyelids and can be performed on both upper and lower eyelids, it does not reduce or eliminate fine wrinkles or wrinkles known as crow's feet or laugh lines.
Blepharoplasty is typically performed under local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the eyes. Incisions are made following the natural creases in the upper eyelid, and just below the lash line on the lower eyelids. The skin is then separated from the fatty tissue and excess fat is removed. It may also be necessary to trim some muscle. The excess sagging skin is then trimmed away and the incision is closed up with very fine sutures.
Patients can expect mild to moderate pain and discomfort during recovery that can be controlled with pain medication. Dry, itchy, or burning eyes are not an uncommon side effects of eyelid tightening but severe burning or discomfort can indicate a problem. A qualified surgeon will closely monitor the patient for 1 to 2 weeks following an eyelid tightening procedure.
Though every surgical procedure carries some risk, the most common risk associated with eyelid tightening is infection.
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