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What the heck is blepharoplasty?

Updated on September 30, 2010

Blepharoplasty makes your eyelids beautiful

Blepharoplasty is a fancy name for eyelid surgery
Blepharoplasty is a fancy name for eyelid surgery | Source

Blepharoplasty explained in simpler terms

Doctors and other medical people like to use big, fancy names for describing features, procedures...just about anything.  Recently I was asked to do some Internet marketing for a company that does cosmetic surgery in Provo, Utah.  I asked them what keywords they wanted to show up for in local search rankings.  On the list I found "blepharoplasty".  "What the heck is that?", I asked.  "It's eyelid surgery," I was told.  "Why don't you just call it that?," I responded.  It turns out, according to some research I did, cosmetic doctors and their peers tend to call it blepharoplasty.  Their patients and others who haven't spent two lifetimes in medical school tend to refer to it by the simpler, more straight forward reference:  eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty Explained By a Doctor - Not for the Weak Stomached

Who normally gets eyelid surgery

The most typical blepharoplasty patients are women who are over 35 years of age. The surgery is done most often for cosmetic purposes, to reduce wrinkles on the eyelids and give the recipient a healthier, younger look. Less frequently it is performed for non-cosmetic health reasons. Because the region around a person's eyes is the most noticeable, blepharoplasty is a popular surgery.

People who elect to have eyelid surgery can spend anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to a few times that amount. From the reviews I've read, not all doctors (and therefore all results) are the same. So if you're in the market for some smoothing over of your eyelids, it's pretty important to have a look at some resumes before you decide who's going to put you under the knife.

Before and After for Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty smoothes over the wrinkles, and apparently somehow gives you a better tan.
Blepharoplasty smoothes over the wrinkles, and apparently somehow gives you a better tan.

What's involved in the whole process?

What to expect during and following eyelid surgery:

This procedure may be carried out at an outpatient surgical facility or at a hospital. A good doctor consults with each patient to determine the best place for the surgery to be performed and whether local or general anesthesia will be used.

Typically, the needed sutures are removed one week following the procedure, and most patients are prescribed antibiotics during the first week as well. Patients should expect some swelling and/or bruising right after the surgery, but this usually disappears in a few days.

Each patient should consult with their doctor before resuming full activity – this is usually possible within one week of the procedure, especially if they follow the instructions given to them after the surgery and during subsequent follow-up visits with their doctor.


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