Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: Is It Worthwhile?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Many people choose to undergo blepharoplasty each year in order to remove loose skin around their eyes or minimize the appearance of dark under eye circles.
As with any other surgical procedure, it’s important to do your research before taking the next step. Eyelid surgeries are safe and effective, but it never hurts to be fully prepared. Here are a few things you should know about cosmetic eyelid surgery:

Is This Procedure Safe?
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when discussing eyelid surgery is the question of safety. It’s understandable, the idea of a surgical procedure so close to your eyes is bound to cause some anxiety. Rest assured, however, that the procedure is perfectly safe. The blepharoplasty is actually one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures with over 100,000 procedures performed annually in the US alone, the vast majority of these being successful with no serious complications.

What Are The Potential Complications?
Although it is a perfectly safe procedure, it’s still surgery and there are some potential complications. These include:

  • Scarring
  • Dry eyes
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Light sensitivity

Serious, long-term complications from a blepharoplasty are rare. Most are mild, cosmetic, and temporary. Strictly following your surgeons post-op care instructions is the best way to avoid complications. That said, results will vary from person to person and your risk of complication will depend on your personal health history and the skill of your surgeon.

Why Do People Get Eyelid Surgery?
People get blepharoplasty for a number of reasons, the most common being loose skin around the eyelids. Loose skin around the eyes is a natural result of aging, but it can cause some unpleasant side effects including impaired vision. This loose skin contributes greatly to a face looking aged or “sad” as some might say. The results of blepharoplasty will make the face as a whole look younger and more alert. This procedure can also remove under-eye bags and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

Recovering From Eyelid Surgery
A blepharoplasty involves the sensitive area around your eyes, so it’s important to follow all of your surgeon’s pre and post-operative care instructions. These will likely include a lot of rest and a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes from sunlight. You may also need to limit activities that cause unnecessary eye strain such as watching television, using a cell phone, or reading. Most patients are able to resume their normal daily routines within 10 days.

As with any other procedure, you should carefully weigh the pros and cons before making your final decision. Eyelid surgery has a good track record with regard to safety, and it can certainly get you results, but there is a potential for complications and it isn’t right for everyone. The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure is to get in touch with a plastic surgeon for a personal consultation.

Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your cosmetic eyelid surgery? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field and is held in very high regard by current and former clients. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today for more information or to set up a consultation.