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Eyelid Surgery: Because You Want to Look as Young as You Feel

With more than 200,000 procedures performed each year, eyelid surgery is consistently one of the top five plastic surgery procedures in America. Formally known as blepharoplasty, this modification to your eyelids is often about function as well as cosmetics.

As you age, the flesh around your eyes can droop and sag, giving you a tired, beat-down appearance. If left untreated, this droopiness can advance to the point where your eyesight is compromised by excess skin.

If you have drooping skin around your eyes, the eyelid lift specialists at Dr. Goodnight’s Everlasting Beauty can help. Read on to learn how eyelid surgery can take years off your appearance.

Why an eyelid lift is needed

As you get older, your skin can become loose and less elastic. At the same time, your muscles can get weaker and not support your body as well as they used to. When it comes to your eyelids, stretched skin and weak muscles can fall victim to gravity. And also with age, fat can build around your eyes. All this can result in droopy eyelids.

While this droopiness can make you look older, it can also interfere with your field of vision by blocking your peripheral line of sight. Eyelid surgery can fix problems with the upper and lower eyelids. Furthermore, eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgeries to the face.

What to expect from an eyelid lift

Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. The surgery is performed so scars are either hidden from sight or blended into the natural creases around your eyes. Once your surgery is over, you’ll be monitored for a short time, and then you’ll be free to go home to recover. You’ll need to arrange for transportation as you’ll be unable to drive.

After your blepharoplasty, you may have a few temporary side effects. Your vision may be blurry for a little while due to the lubricating substance used in the procedure. Your eyes may also be watery or sensitive to light, and you may experience double vision. Furthermore, you may experience some discomfort or pain, accompanied by bruising or swelling around your eyes. These effects are temporary, and you should return to normal soon.

Eyecare after an eyelid lift 

Home care will help you recover faster. Follow Dr. Goodnight’s recommended after-care procedures. He may provide instructions on how to gently clean your eyes and use ice packs to reduce swelling. He will also guide you on protecting your eyes, such as using sunglasses to limit your eyes’ exposure to the sun and wind.

If you wear contacts, you won’t be able to wear them for about two weeks. Furthermore, you shouldn’t perform any strenuous activity for a week. And you should only use recommended or prescribed pain medications.

Depending on your eyes and skin condition, the results from your eyelid surgery may last the rest of your life. It’s also possible that you may need additional treatment if your skin droops in future years. 

If you’re ready to do something about your drooping eyelids, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Goodnight’s Everlasting Beauty today.

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