Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is a process that removes fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. It can correct drooping eyes and/or bags under the eyes that make you look older and more tired than you actually are. Blepharoplasty will not remove crow’s feet or dark circles. This procedure can be done in addition to a brow lift or in conjunction with a facelift.
The best candidates for this are people who are relatively healthy and who have realistic expectations. Most patients are at least 35 years old. Sometimes, because of heredity, younger patients will decide to have this surgery. There are some contraindications for this surgery like glaucoma, a detached retina, etc. Your doctor will review these with you carefully before surgery is planned.
This procedure takes one hour depending on the extent of the surgery. A small incision is made along the crease of the upper eyelid. If the lower eyelid is being treated, the surgeon may be able to go in through the inside of the lower lid and a scar will not be visible. This is an outpatient surgery and general anesthesia is usually used.
Eyes will seem bigger and more open. You will look more rested and have a more youthful appearance for years to come.
After the Surgery
Most patients will have some swelling and bruising. Vision may be blurred but only very temporarily. Slight burning and itching is common. Your doctor may lubricate the eye area and apply a bandage. You will be instructed to keep your head elevated for a few days and to use cold compresses to help with swelling.
Your doctor will give you detailed instruction before and after your surgery. Recovery time depends on the patient. It usually takes a few months for the swelling and bruising to heal completely.