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The eyes are an area of the face that begins to show the signs of aging sooner than other regions. Sun damage, smoking, and environmental toxins can all further exacerbate these changes. As the body’s natural supply of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid starts to dwindle, the upper and lower eyelids may begin to sag and show signs of discoloration and crepiness. Low-hanging lids can even interfere with vision for some patients.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, helps reverse these trends, restoring an attractive facial expression and a bright, inviting smile. By removing excess skin, tissue, and fat, eyelid surgery revitalizes the upper face and gives you a new lease on life.

What is eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) typically includes the removal of redundant skin and excess fat from the lower and upper lids. Your doctor may improvise on this basic surgical plan by adding in other treatments such as injectable fillers, fat grafting, and laser therapy to maximize your final outcome and comprehensively rewind the clock on aging around the eyes.

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How is eyelid surgery performed?

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Depending on the extent of the surgery, general anesthesia may also be an option.

For upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon will create small, imperceptible incisions within the skin creases of the upper lids. Skin, tissue, and fat will be removed through these tiny openings. For lower blepharoplasty, ultra-thin incisions are made within the lower lash line, where they will remain inconspicuous. Fat will then be removed or redistributed, and sagging skin will be excised. In both cases, the loose, underlying eyelid muscles may be tightened as well.

What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?

  • Helps reduce hooding in the upper lids
  • Trims sagging skin that might be inhibiting vision
  • Corrects under-eye bags and puffiness
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Natural-looking results
  • Long-lasting solution
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Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a popular solution for patients who are troubled by eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, lines, and drooping skin in both the upper and lower lids. Some clients may even be experiencing a reduction in their field of vision due to drooping upper eyelid skin.

Ideal candidates for the surgery in Tucson are non-smokers of sound mind and body who are free from any significant medical conditions such as bleeding disorders or uncontrolled hypertension. They should have realistic expectations for their results, based on a confidential consultation with our caring and knowledgeable team.

What will my blepharoplasty recovery be like?

After surgery, patients will be escorted home by a friend or family member who will then assist them for the first 24 hours with basic tasks as the anesthesia wears off. During the first week, you should plan to rest at home with your head elevated, avoiding overtaxing the eyes with screen time. 

Mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the eyes are to be expected. You may also experience some blurry vision at first, but this will decrease as the swelling subsides. You can use eye drops to help alleviate symptoms of dryness and itchiness.

Most blepharoplasty clients can expect to resume work within 10-14 days, provided they have a sedentary job. Strenuous physical exercise and activity should be postponed until around 2-3 weeks after surgery.

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Why choose Regency in Tucson?

Regency Dermatology and Plastic Surgery combines the expertise, skill, training, and artistry of among Tucson’s top medical minds, delivering exponentially superior results in a state-of-the-art setting. From our advanced, cutting-edge technology to the kindness and compassion of every team member, Regency stands as a sanctuary for aesthetic excellence, efficiency, and provider availability.

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