What happens during blepharoplasty?
Your question about blepharoplasty is excellent. Blepharoplasty literally means reshaping of the eyelids. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is the most commonly performed procedure and this is used to correct redundant eyelids that develop over time. During the surgery, a small incision is made that follows the crease line of the upper lid where you place eye shadow. The redundant skin is trimmed and resorbable sutures are placed to close the incision line and improvement in the contour of the eyelid is evident immediately. There’s often some mild swelling that lasts for a week or two, but we expect that you return to your normal activities within a week or 10 days. For the lower lid, the surgery addresses more than just the skin. Many patients also have some fat bags or bulges in the lower lid that need to be corrected either by repositioning the fat, removing some of it or generally reshaping the contour of the lid to provide a better contour. There usually is some redundant skin that is trimmed at the same time through a fine incision that rests just beneath the lash line. Again, we expect you to return to normal activities within a week or two, and you’re able to wear makeup within five to six days.
About the Surgeon
Dr. Peter Hilger has been performing facial cosmetic surgery in Edina, Minnesota for over 25 years. With thousands of cosmetic procedures performed, his breadth of knowledge and talent is unmatched. Learn more about our Peter Hilger plastic surgeon