Blepharoplasty, more familiarly known as hooded eye surgery, is becoming more and more popular. Before you undergo upper blepharoplasty, you may naturally have many questions. We’re happy to address all of your questions and concerns, but here are a few of our most frequently asked questions to get started.
What is Eyelid Hooding & Upper Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle around the eye area to create a more alert and youthful appearance. Upper blepharoplasty specifically treats the upper eyelid area, as opposed to lower blepharoplasty, which addressed under-eye bags.
Upper blepharoplasty is intended to correct issues like sagging and eyelid hooding, or the presence Not only is this a cosmetic surgery, but it’s also for functionality. As gravity takes its toll on our bodies, many people - both men and women - develop vision obstructions due to hooded eyelids.The removal of this skin helps to improve vision while at the same time promoting a younger appearance. Blepharoplasty is among the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S., and it is estimated that over 200,000 people receive this treatment annually.
Is Upper Blepharoplasty Painful?
Hooded eye surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the preference of the patient and/or the surgeon. In the postoperative recovery, on average women rate the pain as a 2.2 out of 10 on the 11-pain point scale. During the entirety of the procedures, during and post-operative healing, most women said the said didn’t go above a 4 on the pain scale. It is normal to feel some discomfort following surgery, but it can be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or prescription pain medication. We will discuss options before the surgery to ensure that you’re completely comfortable throughout the process.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
Eyelid hooding & upper blepharoplasty involves an incision along the crease of the upper eyelid to remove excess fat, skin, and muscle. Once the surgery is complete, the area will be closed. Because this is a surgical procedure, it’s normal to experience post-operative symptoms like swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Light sensitivity and watery eyes are also common.
Immediately following surgery, you will remain in the office for monitoring, but this is an outpatient surgery, so if everything appears normal, you will be released to return home the same day. You can use ice packs for the first couple of days to reduce swelling and discomfort, along with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or prescription pain medication. Prescribed eye drops or ointment should be applied as directed.
For several days following surgery, you’ll need to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from outdoor elements (sun, wind, etc.) and sleep with your head elevated. Patients can typically return to normal activities about a week (7-10 days) after surgery, although bruising and swelling may last up to a couple of weeks. Scarring will continue to fade over the course of several months.
What Results Can I Expect with Hooded Eye Surgery?
Many patients are worried about whether or not they will still look like themselves after surgery for eyelid hooding & upper blepharoplasty. The good news is, you will look like yourself, but better. In addition to enjoying a more youthful appearance and improved confidence, patients who undergo hooded eyelid surgery may enjoy improved vision, especially peripheral vision, once the impediment of excess skin is removed.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of eyelid hooding & upper blepharoplasty varies from one patient to the next, but we’re pleased to offer competitive pricing and affordable payment plans.
If drooping, saggy upper eyelids impair your vision or make you look tired and older than you feel, contact the specialists at Beverly Fischer, MD today at 410-308-4700 or online today to schedule a consultation and learn more about upper blepharoplasty.
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