Will I Have Visible Scars After Blepharoplasty?
The eyes are among our primary means of conveying emotion, and we use them to communicate every single day! As time passes, the delicate skins of the eyelids can begin to convey signs of aging. Sagging upper lids may interfere with vision, while puffy lower lids can negatively impact facial expression.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can be performed to help achieve a more youthful and well-rested aesthetic. This procedure has a high rate of patient satisfaction––especially when combined with a brow lift. However, some clients have understandable concerns about scarring. Will the scars be visible? Will others know that blepharoplasty has been performed? Below we will delve into the nature of the scars that develop after eyelid surgery and see how a practitioner might address them.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty can address both the lower and upper eyelids, removing drooping skin that obscures vision and makes you look older than you feel. Tiny incisions are created within the upper eyelid creases and/or the lower lash lines where they are virtually invisible. The underlying musculature of the eyelids, which tends to weaken with maturity, is also tightened during the surgery.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are struggling with laxity and fat accumulation in the upper lids and persistent bags under the eyes, along with dark circles and puffiness. Others may perceive a tired, sad, or disgruntled appearance, even when the patient is in the best of spirits. As long as the patient is a non-smoker who is healthy in both mind and body and is free from any significant medical issues, they will likely qualify as an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty. Additionally, they must have a realistic and positive attitude towards their surgery.
What does eyelid surgery entail?
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Clients will need a friend or family member to drive them home after their treatment is complete. Most patients find their recovery to be stress-free and without incident. There are some minor side effects to be aware of, such as swelling, bruising, and tenderness, but these are well-controlled with over-the-counter pain medications and an ice pack. While clients will need to avoid vigorous exercise for 3-6 weeks, they can typically return to work within a few weeks.
Minimizing scarring after blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery has among the least amount of scarring out of any facial plastic surgery procedure. The incisions are placed within the tiny creases of the upper lids, where they are indistinguishable from the other horizontal folds. For lower blepharoplasty, the incisions are tucked within the lash line where they cannot be detected. These small incisions heal quickly due to the thinness and delicacy of the eyelids.
If you are concerned about scarring in general, you can take certain actions to ensure that your body’s healing mechanisms are optimized. Avoiding smoking and alcohol, drinking enough water, staying out of the sun, and eating a healthy, balanced diet can all help to maximize your well-being and healing process. Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions is also extremely important if you want your scars to heal properly.
What is the takeaway?
If you are excited about rejuvenating your upper face through blepharoplasty, don’t let your concerns about scarring hold you back. The scars for eyelid surgery are almost undetectable––especially when you choose an experienced, precision-minded plastic surgeon with a passion for natural-looking, elegant results like our very own Dr. Michelle Lee.
Blepharoplasty can be just the thing you need to jumpstart your self-confidence in the new year and make the most of your appearance.