A lot of thought goes into deciding to have any kind of plastic surgery, especially a procedure that alters the appearance of the face. Blepharoplasty may be one of the most commonly performed facial procedures, but we know patients typically have a lot of questions. One of the first that we hear is about how long their results may last. We understand. Patients want to know they aren’t going to find themselves facing the same concerns within a few years. Here, we discuss how long the results of blepharoplasty can be expected to last.
Why Have Blepharoplasty?
Getting older, we notice that many parts of our bodies begin to sag. The eyelids are one of the first because the tissue here is thin and delicate. The muscles that support the eyelids also start to weaken, which only exacerbates the sagginess of the skin. When the muscles weaken on the lower eyelids, the fat pads in this area protrude and cause puffiness. When this happens on the upper eyelids, tissue may sag over the natural crease and even droop over the eyelashes into the eye.
How Blepharoplasty Works
Blepharoplasty is a precise procedure in which the surgeon tightens loose muscles, removes or repositions fat, and trims excess skin that is contributing to sagging eyelids. These changes are accomplished using small instruments inserted through tiny, hidden incisions. The upper eyelid incisions are made in the natural crease. Lower blepharoplasty incisions are made just inside the eyelid.
How Long the Results of Eyelid Surgery Last
The results of blepharoplasty can be seen right away. Bruising and swelling subside in 10 to 14 days. Knowing that the body is going to continue its aging process, patients want to know what they will look like 10 years after their eyelid rejuvenation procedure. The answer is that the eyes will look younger than they would if surgery had not been performed. However, over time, the tissue will once again loosen. The youthfulness of the face will also be affected by changes such as drooping of the brow line and tissue laxity at the lower part of the face. As these changes occur, they may be managed with nonsurgical treatments like Botox or dermal fillers.