Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a procedure used to correct aging changes in the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both. These features are often noticed with aging and can make you look older and more tired than you feel. There are many options in the correction of periorbital aging conditions. They may consist of: removal of excess fat and skin in the lower eyelid to improve lower lid/cheek contours or fat replacement may be recommended in the upper eyelid to eliminate the sunken upper eyelid deformity. Management of skin may consist of excision or tightening through laser resurfacing. An appropriate eyelid surgery can accomplish this goal which is personalized for each individual patient.
Generally, the procedure can be accomplished as a stand alone or is commonly performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as: facelifts, laser resurfacing, and brow or forehead lifts. A blepharoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia or under I.V. sedation. Both are very comfortable options. Pre-medication is prescribed prior to surgery to enhance healing and decrease swelling after the operation.
During the procedure, ultra-fine incisions follow the natural anatomy of the eyelids which are hidden in the fold of the upper eyelid and in the lash line of the lower eyelid and are virtually impossible to see after normal healing has occurred. Any excess fat and/or skin is removed and a meticulous suturing technique is then used to close the incision and resculpt the appearance of the eyelids. A typical upper and lower eyelid surgical procedure takes approximately two hours.
What can I expect after my surgery?
Initially, you may experience drying of the eyes after your surgery. This condition can be alleviated with medication. In addition, you may be sensitive to bright light and wind for a period of time. Numbness and itching may occur and are part of the natural healing process. Your care is important to us, and we will continue to follow your progress for several months from the initial date of surgery.