We love helping our patients feel great about their eyes, and are pleased to offer functional reconstruction and cosmetic eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is also sometimes referred to as an eyelid lift. This surgical procedure is performed to ease the signs of aging that affect the eyelids. An upper blepharoplasty removes sagging skin from the upper eyelid, whereas a lower blepharoplasty targets fat pads and skin on the lower lid. Patients may have one or the other procedures, or both, depending on their concerns and desired outcome.
Who is the ideal candidate for eyelid surgery?
Men and women who are in good general health and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with blepharoplasty are good candidates for this procedure. A thorough consultation and examination is performed to confirm if blepharoplasty is the appropriate method of care.
What can blepharoplasty help treat?
Ultimately, what blepharoplasty treats is the signs of aging around the eyes including droopy lids. Performed on the upper eyelids, blepharoplasty can tighten up skin that has become loose and saggy. In some cases, this skin can droop into the field of vision. A lower blepharoplasty on its own, or combined with upper eyelid surgery, minimizes puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles on the lower eyelid. Patients who undergo an eyelid lift for any of these reasons tend to look years younger and noticeably refreshed compared to their appearance prior to surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used?
In addition to the local anesthetic that numbs your eyelid, either oral or IV sedation is usually incorporated into the blepharoplasty procedure to help patients relax.
Is there any pain associated with blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is performed with medications that secure comfort, including local anesthetic and sedatives to calm your nerves. No pain is expected during or after the procedure.
What is the eyelid surgery procedure like?
Both upper and lower blepharoplasty surgeries are straightforward and precise.
- Markings are made on the eyelid to indicate the area in which excess tissue will be excised.
- Tissue is removed through small, hidden incisions.
- In some cases, fat is redistributed during lower blepharoplasty to correct puffiness and dark circles.
- Sutures, dissolvables sutures, or glue are applied which are minimally visible.
Are there any risks associated with blepharoplasty?
Like any surgery, blepharoplasty does carry a small risk of infection and scarring. Dryness and irritation to the eyes is another potential side effect from this procedure.
Will I have scars after surgery?
It is not likely that you will have noticeable scars after blepharoplasty. This is because incisions are placed in discreet areas. Upper blepharoplasty incisions are made in the eyes’ natural crease. Incisions for a lower blepharoplasty are made at the lash line, or just inside the lower eyelid.
Will my stitches need to be removed?
Every situation is different. Sometimes, dissolvable stitches are used and will not need to be removed unless they fail to dissolve within a period of time. Some surgeries may require sutures, which will need to be removed after 7-10 days.
When will I be able to return to normal activities?
Most patients are able to be up and walking or enjoying other light activities the day after surgery. This is ideal, as movement encourages circulation that aides in healing and reduces the risk of blood clots. Generally, patients may return to work (desk job) the next day. However, physical exercise should not be resumed for 2 to 3 weeks. NO heavy lifting for several weeks.
What can I expect during recovery?
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure. You will be monitored for a short time in the surgical suite, and then released to recover at home. Some short-term bruising and mild swelling may occur, as well as some tenderness or soreness around the eyes. You may also feel sensitive to light for a short time.