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What Is Blepharoplasty?

Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010 03:05 PM

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure used to remove extra folds of skin on the upper and lower eyelids. The folds can sometimes sag quite a bit and form pouches, which progressively decrease your field of vision. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can be used to enhance appearance as a cosmetic surgery or to improve vision by removing excess fat around the eyes.
Blepharoplasty or eye surgery is performed usually within an hour or two under local anesthesia, which means that you will only be partially sedated during surgery but won’t feel any discomfort or pain. The surgery is usually performed first on the upper eyelids and then on the lower eyelids. After the surgery, you will sport a rejuvenated and fresh look. An overnight stay is required only if surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which is required sometimes during lower eyelid surgery.

Laser blepharoplasty is a new option for upper and lower blepharoplasty. It has become popular because it is efficient and safe. Laser blepharoplasty reduces the effects of excess stress and fatigue around the eyes to give you a revitalized and younger look.
Before you decide to have surgery, you should think about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. You are an ideal candidate if you are healthy and over 35. However, younger people can also have droopy, baggy eyelids and may decide to have surgery.
An average lower blepharoplasty may cost between $2,000 and $7,000 depending on the surgeon’s expertise.
Recovery is simple and lasts only one or two hours after the surgery. The patient is released once the surgeon determines that the danger of any side effects like swelling and bruising has passed. In some cases, recovery may take longer, depending on the patient’s response to the laser blepharoplasty surgery.

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