What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. The procedure involves removing drooping skin from the upper lids and excess fat from the upper and lower eyelids. The benefits of eyelid surgery include:
- Decreases bagginess or puffiness under the eyes
- Brightens a "tired" appearance
- Minimizes dark circles under the eyes
- Lifts excess skin on the upper lids that may impair vision
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Those individuals with excess lower eyelid skin creating a droopy appearance are good candidates for blepharoplasty. The best candidates for this procedure are healthy patients who do not smoke and do not have any serious eye conditions.
Because surgery doesn't eliminate dark circles completely, additional techniques may be suggested such as chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing for even better results.
Sometimes, people think their eyelids droop, when the problem really is a sagging brow. In this case a brow lift may be suggested rather than eyelid surgery.
What to Expect With Eyelid Surgery
Specific instructions are provided to each patient on how to prepare for surgery. Some general guidelines include:
- Stop smoking for at least two to three weeks before surgery.
- Certain medications may have to be discontinued before surgery and for a period of time immediately after surgery.
- Carefully follow all instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.
The incision lines for eyelid surgery are well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. While most people have surgery on both their upper and lower lids, some have only one or the other done. Very often, this surgery is performed in conjunction with a facelift or laser skin resurfacing.
There are several eyelid lift techniques. Our highly experienced surgeons carefully review your cosmetic goals to determine the best approach so that your desired surgical outcome is reached.
Recovering After Eyelid Surgery
Even though eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, anesthesia is given so you will need to arrange for transportation home. You will be given specific instructions to follow on how to care for the surgical site, specific concerns to look for, and how to manage the swelling and bruising that accompanies the procedure.
You will be instructed to sleep in an elevated position for a few days following the surgery. Most of the swelling or bruising will subside in two to three weeks. Pain and discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medications and cold compresses.
For the first two weeks, you will need to limit physical activity to minimize additional swelling around the surgical site. After a short healing period of two to three weeks, you will begin to enjoy a refreshed and brighter appearance.
Risks and Outcomes of Eyelid Surgery
Every type of surgery has risks. Carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions helps prevent complications. Our plastic surgeons carefully review all the potential risks and side effects with each patient.
Potential complications of eyelid lift surgery are usually rare and minor, but may include the following:
An ectropion, a condition that occurs when the lower lid pulls outward, is a more serious problem, but is also treatable.