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Are Your Eyes Showing Signs of Aging? Consider a Blepharoplasty


March 11, 2024 | 3 minute read

The eyes are often one of the first areas on the face to show signs of aging. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, tackles upper and lower eyelid laxity to improve the overall look of the eyelids. In this blog, we discuss how the eyes change with age, what blepharoplasty is, what eyelid surgery options you have, what to expect with blepharoplasty recovery, and when you’ll be able to see your results after surgery. 

How Do Eyes Change With Age? 

You’re likely already familiar with your eyesight declining as you age. However, eyesight isn’t the only way eyes are affected as people get older. Over time, eyelids sag, wrinkles form, and eye bags develop. Signs of aging can make you look perpetually tied, even if you regularly get a whole night’s sleep. Many people are frustrated with these changes in their physical appearance. 

What Is Blepharoplasty? 

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the eyelids to eliminate droopiness and restore a youthful look. Also commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty reshapes and removes eyelid skin to lift sagging eyelids, remove eye bags, and improve the appearance of the eyes overall. 

What Are My Eyelid Surgery Options? 

If you’re unhappy with how your eyes have changed due to signs of aging becoming more apparent, eyelid surgery may be the solution you’re looking for. 

Upper Blepharoplasty

If droopy eyelids impair your vision, upper blepharoplasty can lift them. This procedure targets the upper eyelids and can remove excess skin, lift drooping eyelids, correct hooded eyelids, and improve vision obstruction from sagging skin. 

Lower Blepharoplasty 

Patients with eye bags and dark circles under their eyes may benefit from lower blepharoplasty. The under-eye area is addressed with lower blepharoplasty by redistributing fat deposits and removing excess tissue. 

Combining Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty 

Another option for eyelid surgery is to use upper and lower blepharoplasty techniques to provide complete eyelid rejuvenation and harmony. If you have skin laxity in your upper and lower eyelids and puffiness or eye bags, you may be a good candidate for upper and lower blepharoplasty. 

What Should I Know About Blepharoplasty Recovery? 

After blepharoplasty, you can expect to deal with swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the treatment area. Cold compresses can help the swelling subside. During your recovery period, sleeping on your back with your head elevated is essential to avoid putting additional pressure on your eyelids. Dr. Tolomeo will also provide detailed after-care instructions so you can care for your eyes as they heal. 

When Will I See My Blepharoplasty Results? 

For most patients, it takes around two weeks for their eyelids to settle after surgery and look presentable. However, the final results may take several weeks to become apparent and for all residual swelling to go away. 

Want to Know More About Blepharoplasty in Massachusetts? 

If you’re ready to refresh your eyes with blepharoplasty, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Tolomeo to learn if you’re a candidate for the procedure. Call us at (516) 350-8168 or complete our online contact form today! 

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