Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures today. This procedure involves removing the excess fat, muscle, and skin to repair drooping, sagging eyelids. Having droopy eyelids gives people the impression that you are older than you really are and can also impair one’s peripheral vision. Aside from cosmetic reasons, you can have this procedure done if your drooping eyelids prevent your eyes from completely opening or if your lower eyelids are pulled down somehow. The removal of excess tissue from either the upper or lower eyelids, or both can help you see better, and in the process give your eyes a younger, more alert look.

What to Expect During Blepharoplasty

Before the surgery, patients are given local anesthesia in combination with intravenous sedation. Patients can also be put under general anesthesia if needed. Once the patient is under anesthesia, the surgeon then makes incisions on the upper or lower eyelids depending on which part is to be altered. Excess tissue is removed or repositioned and the muscles underneath the eyelids are tightened. The extra skin is then trimmed and put back in place with sutures that are hidden in the creases or underneath the eyelashes.

Recovering from Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery is done as an out-patient procedure; however, patients may opt to stay at the hospital or surgical facility longer in order to recover before going home. After the surgery, patients may feel a little pain or discomfort in the treatment area. There may also be a little bit of bruising or swelling around the eyes and bruising on the white part of the eye itself. Dressings are placed over the eyelids to prevent them from opening while the incisions are healing. Downtime for this procedure lasts for approximately 2 weeks, after which the patient can then resume normal activities. When a patient returns home, the head should always be elevated for a few days following the procedure. Patients should also avoid activities that require lifting, straining, or bending within 3-4 days or until after the stitches are removed. It is also not uncommon for the eyes to feel itchy, sticky, and dry during the healing process. Post-operation instructions include how to clean the affected area, when the patient is allowed to wear contact lenses again, and prescriptions for eye drops and other medication to manage the pain.

The decision to undergo eyelid surgery is yours alone, and you should never be pressured to undergo a surgical procedure you are not comfortable with. Our highly skilled surgeons will gladly explain the procedure further to you, guide you through the whole process, and answer all your questions during the consultation session. If you’re considering going through blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), contact us to schedule a consultation session.

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