Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
- Posted on: Jul 21 2014
Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The procedure may also tighten eyelid muscles or tissue. Eyelid surgery may be performed for cosmetic reasons, or to improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids that may be obstructing a patient’s sight.
Let’s take a look at some of the questions most frequently asked by individuals considering blepharoplasty.
- What can eyelid surgery achieve for the patient? Blepharoplasty can tighten loose, sagging skin around the eyelids, as well as correct puffy eyelids and under eye bags, and reduce fine lines in the lower eyelids. The procedure cannot lift the eyebrows or erase deep wrinkles or crow’s feet. However, blepharoplasty can be combined with other treatments such as a brow lift or BOTOX® to achieve further results.
- Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty? The best candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals who are in good overall health, non-smokers and do not have a serious eye condition. Patients must also have healthy facial tissues and muscle.
- How is the procedure performed? Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure performed with local anesthesia and sedation. The procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how many eyelids are being treated. If the upper eyelid is being treated, an incision is typically made along the natural crease of the eyelid. Once the incision is made, fat deposits may be repositioned or removed, muscles and tissue may be tightened, and excess skin may be removed. For the lower eyelid, an incision is usually made just below the lash line so that protruding fat can be repositioned. After the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures and surgical tape.
- What is the recovery time? Following surgery, patients may be advised to apply eye drops, ointment or cold compresses to the eyes to help with recovery and prevent side effects. Most patients can usually return to work within a few days to a week, but they should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. Stitches are usually removed 2 or 3 days after the procedure. Most of the swelling and other side effects typically subside within 2 weeks. Contact lenses and eye makeup may not be worn for 2 weeks after surgery. Patients are typically advised to wear dark sunglasses outside or in bright light for a couple of weeks following the procedure to protect the eyes from sun and wind.
- What are the results of blepharoplasty? While there may be swelling and bruising around the surgery site, these will subside and continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. The scars from blepharoplasty are usually well-concealed and will fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable. While surgery cannot prevent eyes from aging, most patients are satisfied with their results and do not seek repeat procedures.