How Long Does a Blepharoplasty Last?

A blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a comprehensive, long-term solution to the sagging and drooping around the eyelids that happens naturally as we age. However, many people have one question when undergoing a surgical procedure: How long will the results really last? 

It’s crucial to understand what may affect the longevity of your results before you commit to the procedure. Let’s discuss what a blepharoplasty is, the individual factors that affect longevity, and how a blepharoplasty can help you look and feel better. 

What Is a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery that rejuvenates the eyelid area. It can involve surgery on the upper or lower eyelids or both. The procedure addresses signs of aging, such as sagging skin, puffiness, or drooping eyelids.

During your procedure, an experienced plastic surgeon makes incisions along the natural lines of the eyelids to remove excess skin or fat buildup. This helps the eyelids appear more youthful and refreshed, with improved elasticity and contour.

The benefits include a more alert and rested appearance, reduction of puffy eyelids, and improved vision in cases where sagging skin impairs eyesight. Many patients report increased self-confidence and quality of life following eyelid surgery.

Factors Affecting the Longevity of Blepharoplasty Results

The expertise and skill of the plastic surgeon play a significant role in determining how long the results of blepharoplasty last. A qualified, experienced plastic surgeon can achieve natural-looking outcomes that endure over time.

While both upper and lower blepharoplasty won’t always be necessary for every person, having both can improve the overall aesthetics of the eyes in some people. Addressing both areas together can lead to harmonious and longer-lasting results. Additionally, clear communication and an understanding of realistic outcomes between the surgeon and patient can impact the longevity of the results.

Although your surgeon and surgical techniques affect how your blepharoplasty holds up, you have the most control over individual lifestyle factors. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking, wearing sunscreen, and taking good care of your skin will ensure a youthful, revitalized look around the eyes for years to come.

Are You a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

You may be a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty if you have sagging, drooping eyelids or excess skin around the eyes that makes you appear tired or aged. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, have excess skin or fat around the eyelids, and have realistic expectations about what surgery can do for them.

Current skin conditions around the eyes and aesthetic goals determine candidacy for treatment. Consulting an experienced plastic surgeon can help determine if it is the right treatment choice.

Openly discussing your desired outcomes, concerns, and full medical history with your plastic surgeon is crucial for a successful blepharoplasty experience. An experienced plastic surgeon can provide insights into your achievable results, how the surgery will go, what risks you should be aware of, and costs. 

Recovery Time and Results After Eyelid Surgery

After treatment, you can expect some swelling, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, bruising, and mild discomfort. Full recovery may take up to a week. After that time, you can return to your daily activities but may be advised to avoid strenuous exercise or work. Your blepharoplasty surgeon will provide you with post-surgical care instructions.

While immediate results are noticeable after the initial swelling goes down, the outcome will take a few months to appear fully. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can blepharoplasty remove dark circles or crow’s feet?

No. Blepharoplasty does not address these concerns. Patients often seek treatment in conjunction with blepharoplasty to address concerns like dark circles, crow’s feet, forehead lines, or a sagging brow line.

Are there risks to blepharoplasty?

All surgery carries risks. Some of the more serious risks of blepharoplasty include bleeding, difficulty closing the eyes, dry eyes, infection, asymmetry in healing, swelling, and temporary blurred or double vision. However, these risks are extremely minimal when an experienced surgeon performs your procedure.

Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?

If blepharoplasty is being done for cosmetic purposes, insurance providers do not cover it. However, it often helps improve quality of life by helping patients see more clearly. Many insurance providers may cover part or all of the procedure in this case. The only way to know is to check with your insurance provider. 

Achieve a More Youthful Look with Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a short surgical procedure designed to minimize the look of sagging and puffiness around the upper and lower eyelids. With a healthy lifestyle and an experienced surgeon like Dr. Spalla at Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa, your results should be permanent. 

If you’re interested in blepharoplasty as a treatment option, it’s important to consult a surgeon with experience. Contact Dr. Spalla at Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa today for your consultation.

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