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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

An eyelid surgery – also known as a blepharoplasty – is a procedure used to rejuvenate the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. Age and genetics can cause drooping, sagging, and excess folds around the eyes. This can contribute to both cosmetic and visual complications, including a tired and aged appearance, as well as difficulty seeing. Eyelid surgery can take years off of the eyes, eliminating under-eye bags, removing upper eye puffiness and reducing the amount of excess skin surrounding the eyes.

Did you know…

that certain conditions can interfere with the healing process following an eyelid surgery? Eye diseases like glaucoma, retinal detachment, and dry eye can inhibit eyelid surgery recovery. Other medical conditions can increase the risk associated with the procedure, such as cardiovascular disease, thyroid diseases and diabetes. It is important to let your doctor know if you suffer from any of these conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery if you are a non-smoking adult in good health. It is important that you have realistic expectations for the outcome of your blepharoplasty. A consultation with your surgeon can help you determine whether your facial tissues and eye muscles are healthy enough to undergo a blepharoplasty procedure.

What should I expect during my blepharoplasty procedure?

You’ll be placed under IV sedation or general anesthesia for the duration of your eyelid surgery. Your surgeon will form an incision discreetly along the natural crease of the eyelid or along the lower lash line. It is via those incisions that excess skin can be removed, the muscles tightened, and fat deposits redistributed.

Will I need to follow any special post-operative instructions after my eyelid surgery?

The eyelid surgery recovery period will require that you follow special instructions provided by your surgeon. These instructions are designed to facilitate a complete recovery free of complications. When you awaken from surgery, your eyes may be covered with gauze and lubricating ointment. In the following days, you may be responsible for applying topical medications or taking oral prescriptions to prevent infection. It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising following the procedure, but most discomfort should subside within a few weeks.