Although there are a plethora of creams, potions, tips and tricks for banishing puffy undereye bags, many of the results are temporary. If you're looking for a permanent result to rid yourself of eye droopiness and look years younger, this can be achieved through a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty, also called "eyelid surgery," is a common cosmetic procedure performed today. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 221,398 people had blepharoplasty surgery in 2008. This procedure can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.
While performing blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions to tighten the skin above and below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. Very fine sutures (stitches) are used to minimize any scarring. The procedure generally takes one to three hours, and your surgeon should be able to give you an accurate estimate of the length of your individual procedure. After surgery, mild swelling and bruising is normal and expected. Different surgeons have different post- operative instructions, so it is important to follow them and to be monitored closely by your doctor and staff.
Candidates for Blepharoplasty
Good candidates for blepharoplasty are those who suffer from severe sagging of the upper and/or lower eyelid skin and who desire a permanent change. It is important to be in good health and to have your doctor perform a thorough evaluation prior to surgery. Many plastic surgeons will recommend blepharoplasty to rejuvenate your appearance and take years off your age.