Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
What is Blepharoplasty?
During the aging process our skin may begin to lose elasticity and volume around the eyes. Eyelid surgery enhances the appearance of the eyes by removing any excess or sagging skin from the eyelids and reducing presence of dark circles or bags under the eyes.
Blepharoplasty Before and After
Areas Of Use
An upper eyelid surgery is performed to remove any excess or sagging eyelid skin. A lower eyelid surgery will reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles under or around the eyes. A combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery will help enhance the overall appearance, producing a youthful, natural contour of the eyes.
What to expect during eyelid surgery
Different incision techniques are used for the upper and lower eyelid surgery. For an upper eyelid surgery, tiny incisions are made in the natural contours around the eyes to minimize the appearance of scars. For a lower eyelid surgery, the physician may select either a transcutaneous (though the skin) or transconjuctival (inside the eyelid) depending on the needs of the patient.
Can other procedures be combined with Eyelid Surgery?
Other facial rejuvenation treatments are often used in conjunction with the eyelid surgery to help enhance the overall results. To minimize any discomfort during the procedure, patients will undergo a twilight anesthesia, which is an IV sedation anesthesia in addition to a local anesthetic. The surgical procedure for the upper or lower eyelids may take up to 1 hour to complete. The surgical procedure for both the upper and lower eyelids may take between 1 to 2 hours to complete. However eyelid surgery does not include the correction of the lower face and neck or a brow and forehead lift.
Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?
This pain will be controlled with oral medications. The stitches typically used dissolve within a week and do not require removal. Stitches that do require removal are usually done so 5 days after the surgery.
Expected Recovery from eyelid Surgery
After an upper eyelid surgery, it will take 7 to 10 days before a patient may return to their regular daily activities. However, after a lower eyelid surgery it may take up to a month before they can return to any type of activity. In some cases it may take up to 6 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity, such as running or lifting weights.
Eyelid surgery side effects
Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, blurry vision, redness of the eyes, tearing of the eyes, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process.
How long do results last?
The results of an upper or lower eyelid surgery may last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, results may vary depending on the patient’s skin type.