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—What does blepharoplasty involve?
Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) is ideal if you have tired, heavy, darkened eyelids or bags under your eyes. In addition, this surgical procedure also reduces the effects of aging or genetics to restore a radiant look and more rested and harmonious symmetry to the eyes.
—Who is the right candidate?
Although blepharoplasty is generally for people over 40, it can also be recommended for men and women under 40. The right candidate is a patient who shows signs of aging in the eyelids. However, the problem can also appear earlier in some people, depending on their hereditary background as well as their lifestyle. It will therefore be possible for these patients to undergo blepharoplasty earlier in order to improve their quality of life.
—What are the types of blepharoplasty?
Firstly, blepharoplasty can be complete (upper and lower eyelids) or partial, depending on the problem that you want to correct. Dr. Arbour will also take the time to present the best option to you according to your needs during your consultation.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty
The most common problem is excess skin and sometimes a buildup of fat in the corner of the eye. Dr. Arbour will remove an ellipse of skin and a portion of the orbicularis muscle and sometimes part of the medial fat bundle with a scalpel. The incision is closed with a suture as thin as a hair, which is removed 4 to 7 days later. Since bruising and edema are present for 7 to 14 days, social isolation should be planned accordingly. Please note that upper eyelid blepharoplasty is not a painful operation. The desired results are a rested and lightened look.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty
The most common problem here is withered skin and bags under the eyes. For sagging or withered skin, we usually suggest fractional CO² laser resurfacing or skin tightening with Accutite or Morpheus 8. This treatment is often performed at the same time as upper eyelid blepharoplasty. It is rare to only do a resurfacing of the lower eyelid. For accumulations of fat under the eye, an incision should be made in the conjunctiva (transconjunctival route with no visible scar). This allows access to the fatty bundles (3), which are excised in direct vision. We ensure that the bleeding is as minimal as possible. It is not necessary to use stitches with this technique. Sometimes, a small lateral opening is necessary to reach the lateral fat bundle.
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—Is the procedure painful?
We recommend proceeding for your comfort, which will allow you to recover faster after the operation. In addition, with this approach, there is no waking period, unlike an operation under general anesthesia. You will therefore be able to return home with the person accompanying you just a few minutes after your operation. In addition, most patients tell us that they felt no pain during the procedure and very little in the following days. After your procedure, we will also give you a prescription for painkillers to be taken as needed. However, most people tell us that they did not need to use their prescription; they were able to control their pain just by taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablets.
—What is the recovery time and postoperative convalescence?
After your blepharoplasty, it will take about 7 to 10 days of social isolation before you can return to your daily occupations. During this time, you will have swelling and bruising, which will gradually fade, and which may vary from person to person. However, you can control the inflammation with packages of frozen peas or ice cream, which you will receive after your procedure.
—What can I expect after my blepharoplasty? Will I have a frozen look?
Above all, Dr. Arbour’s goal is to offer you a result that will be as natural as possible while rejuvenating the appearance of your eyelids. Generally, you will have to wait 4 to 6 weeks after your blepharoplasty to see the final result. This will give your eyelids time to heal properly and regain their normal flexibility. Finally, we also recommend that you wear sunglasses during this time to prevent pigmentation of the skin.
«Disclaimer: These photos are published for informational purposes only to provide information on the nature of the procedure. They do not constitute a guarantee of results.»