3 Common Blepharoplasty Questions

An older woman smiles and touches her hand to her jaw The appearance of our eyes is integral to our interpersonal connections. Next to our smile, it is our eyes that people tend to notice right away. Eyelids that lose their shape and contour with age can send misleading messages. Aging eyelids may indicate that we are tired, unmotivated, or unfriendly based solely on appearance. To improve appearance and restore an accurate representation of personality and vitality, many people undergo blepharoplasty.

Below are three common questions about this facial procedure.

1. What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelids. The procedure may be performed specifically for cosmetic improvement or it may be necessary to address functional problems caused by loose tissue. Upper and lower blepharoplasties are two of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. 

2. Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Adults who are in good health and do not have significant vision problems may be excellent candidates for blepharoplasty. This form of eyelid rejuvenation is often sought by adults in the middle of life, but it may also be beneficial for people with naturally low-lying eyelids. In general, blepharoplasty is suitable for people who have puffiness or sagging under the eyes or significant sagging of the upper eyelid that is obscuring the natural crease. Patients should not smoke. If you smoke and you’re considering blepharoplasty, it is wise to stop now so your body has ample time to reset its circulation efficiency. 

Blepharoplasty is a satisfying procedure that can rejuvenate the appearance of the entire face by opening up the eyes. Patients should know that this procedure is not designed to correct crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes, nor dark circles. These concerns may respond well to non-surgical treatment using dermal fillers.

3. How Long Will the Results of My Blepharoplasty Last?

Several factors can influence how long blepharoplasty results last. Generally, done once, done right and with ongoing skin care and protection of the face from further UV damage, you should not require reoperation for decades. Often, the upper blepharoplasty may also be combined with a brow lift if the patient desires more comprehensive rejuvenation of the upper face. Blepharoplasty results can last indefinitely. 

Sun exposure is one of the primary factors that may reduce the longevity of blepharoplasty results. To protect your results, protect the skin around the eyes. Find proper serums and moisturizers that nourish the skin. Use SPF-rated eye cream daily and, when it’s sunny and you’ll be out and about, don sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. 

Learn More About Eyelid Surgery

If you live in or around the New Windsor area of New York and are interested in blepharoplasty, we hope you’ll arrange a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Fugo. To arrange your appointment, please call our team at 845-565-7040.

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