More than 200,000 eyelid surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2014, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. While those numbers were down slightly from the previous year, eyelid surgery continues to be one of the five most performed cosmetic surgeries today. What is the reason behind the popularity of this procedure? The many benefits offered by eyelid surgery are becoming well known among those looking for a way to refresh their overall appearance with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Cosmetic Benefits

Eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, addresses a myriad of concerns in a single procedure:

  • Sagging skin creating bags under the eyes
  • Puffiness that gives you a tired appearance
  • Drooping eyelids that interfere with the contour of the eye
  • Small fatty deposits around the upper and lower lid
  • Fine lines that appear around the outer and lower eye

Eyelid surgery can give you a more alert, awake appearance, while shaving years off your look. The results can be dramatic and last for many years.

Functional Benefits

Eyelid surgery is often performed for more than cosmetic benefits alone. The procedure may also be recommended to remove excess skin and tissue that is obscuring vision. In some cases, patients may even notice less discomfort and fatigue in the upper face after surgery, because they no longer have to use the forehead muscles to continuously raise the brow line to see better. Functional benefits are typically seen after upper eyelid surgery, while surgery on the lower lid typically offers more cosmetic benefits.

About the Procedure

Eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and can be done with local anesthesia for some patients. Patients can choose to address the upper lids, lower lids or both lids at the same time. Incisions are usually hidden within the natural folds and creases of the eye, to keep visible post-operative scarring to an absolute minimum.

Eyelid surgery may take 1-2 hours to complete and then you will spend some time in a recovery area before heading home to recuperate. While there is some bruising, swelling and discomfort after eyelid surgery, most patients are pleasantly surprised at the ease of the recovery process. It is not unusual to be back to regular activities within a week or two, although your eyes may tire more quickly for a number of weeks after surgery.

There are many reasons why more patients are opting for eyelid surgery today. To learn more about this procedure, contact Hall Plastic Surgery at 855-851-4832 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hall.