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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: The basics



Blepharoplasty: The basics

Patients often ask me what are the basics of blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty or cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of eyelids in patients. These surgeries are performed as an outpatient and recovery is usually a couple weeks.

What does the Upper Blepharoplasty achieve?

An upper eyelid lift improves the excess skin of the upper eyelid. Often the skin can block or rest against lashes. Other times it can have wrinkles and crepiness. By removing the skin, blepharoplasty works to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids and refresh the look of patients.

What does the Lower Blepharoplasty achieve?

Lower blepharoplasty achieves to remove lower eyelid puffiness or eyebags. It is done by removing fat and repositioning it into the hollow line below the eyelid (tear trough). Often skin is tightened at the same time.

What is the recovery of Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty recovery is often two weeks. Full healing takes months but within two weeks patients are comfortable going to social events and functions.

Am I a candidate for Blepharoplasty?

The best way to determine this is through a consultation. Electronic consultations do no do justice to the need for the eyelid surgeon to evaluate the eyelids, see skin looseness or examine skin quality the same way an in person examination does.

Who is the best person to perform blepharoplasty?

In short, the most experienced surgeons are the best for any procedure. Oculoplastic surgeons are specialists in cosmetic eyelid surgery and perform 1000s of eyelid surgeries. I myself have performed over 3000 eyelid surgeries. You probably don’t want someone dabbling in eyelid surgery along with other surgeries considering the delicate nature of the eyes and level of detail needed to achieve great results.

How do I get a consultation with Dr Thiagarajah?

The best way to get a consultation is to reach out to our office at 303 468 8844. He can determine if surgery is right to you and what the next steps are.


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