A person’s eyes are generally the first feature that people notice. When your eyelids sag, it can make you appear far older than you actually are. The aging process causes the skin of the eyelids to become loose and to hang over the eyes.
This issue can also be caused by a deposition of extra fat in the upper eyelids and an excess of skin. Extra fat can also cause a puffy appearance, and excess skin can even cause hindrance in vision.
Blepharoplasty is an extremely simple and safe procedure that can help you improve the appearance of your eyes and look younger. Blepharoplasty reduces the excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Muscles in the area are also tightened in this process.
Upper blepharoplasty is conducted to reshape the upper eyelids, whereas lower blepharoplasty is conducted for the lower eyelids. While upper-lid blepharoplasty can be used for both cosmetic and medical reasons, lower-lid blepharoplasty is only carried out for cosmetic concerns.
Preparing for a Blepharoplasty
Before a date can be set for the operation, you will be required to consult with Dr. Morwood. Your consultation will ensure proper pre-operative evaluation, which is needed to ensure that you are fit for the surgery. The major components of this pre-operative checkup are mentioned below:
• An examination of your medical history – Your medical history, including any chronic conditions, past medications, illnesses, and eye conditions, is studied by Dr. Morwood. If you have any allergies, glaucoma, or circulatory or thyroid problems, these will be discussed. You will also need to discuss consumption of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or supplements.
• Physical examination – This physical examination will include testing your tear production and the functionality of your eye. Measurements of your eyelids will be taken.
• Photograph of your eyelids – A photograph of your eyelids will be taken before the actual procedure in order to compare them with the final results and observe the difference. Subsequent to this, Dr. Morwood will note your expectations for the surgery and will guide you through the best possible surgical process.
• Preparation instructions – You will be asked to quit smoking and alcohol for several weeks before the date of the procedure. You will also need to avoid medications such as warfarin, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other kinds of herbal medications. Only take those medicines which have been prescribed by Dr. Morwood for this surgery.
What Happens After the Procedure?
After the operation, the patient is kept for observation for a short duration and is then discharged within the same day. It is advised to not drive for the first two days after the operation.
Depending upon the extent of the operation, certain temporary post-operative conditions may appear, such as continuous watering, light sensitivity, double vision, numbness in the eyes, swelling or bruising around the eyes, temporary pain or discomfort, and blurring of vision due to the application of ointments.
Find Out More During a Consultation
Dr. Morwood has over 20 years’ experience as a plastic surgeon, he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and for years he has served as either the chief or vice chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery of Monterey.
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