Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

What is a blepharoplasty?

By removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes. While typically a cosmetic procedure, it can also improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision. Blepharoplasty does not raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes.  However, the procedure can be combined with others such as a facelift or browlift and BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments to achieve these results.

What can i expect during a blepharoplasty procedure?

We perform blepharoplasties in our office with either local anesthesia or IV sedation and lasts 45 minutes to a few hours. Your physician hides the incisions along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes on the lower lids). The surgeon removes excess tissue through these incisions and then stitches them closed with fine sutures. In the case that no skin needs removal, the surgeon will likely perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where they make the incision inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.

What can i expect with my blepharoplasty recovery?

Your surgeon will remove your stitches four to seven days and most people return to work in ten.  Avoid contact lenses for two weeks as the eyes are sensitive to light and wind..  Your surgeon may prescribe eye drops and cool compresses to counteract these discomforts. Complications from the procedure are uncommon, and can include: infection, reaction to anesthesia, double or blurred vision for a few days, temporary swelling of the eyelids, tiny whiteheads, and difficulty closing eyes when going to sleep. Uneven healing and scarring, and ectropion (pulling down of the lower lids) are very rare and may require surgical correction. Patients with thyroid problems, dry eye, high blood pressure, diabetes, detached retina, glaucoma or other health problems should consult with an ophthalmologist about eligibility.

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