Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence by eliminating droopy or sagging eyelids. As people age, the eyelid stretches and muscles weaken causing fat to accumulate around the eyes, causing “bags”, or excess skin to become prominent. During your consultation with your doctor, they will assess which of the four eyelids (top and bottom for both eyes) require the procedure.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia. If your doctor chooses local anesthesia, he will numb the area around your eyes, along with giving you a mild oral or IV sedative. The actual surgery takes one to three hours. The incisions made during the surgery follow the natural lines of your eye.
As with any procedure there may be complications. These include infection, or a reaction to the anesthesia used. Minor complications that commonly follow eyelid surgery include double or blurred vision for a few days, which is caused by swelling at the corner of the eyelids, and slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Following surgery, some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep. Adhering to the physician’s advice on pre and post op care will greatly reduce the risk of complications.
After your surgery, you will feel a tightness in your eyes. An ointment and a bandage will cover your eyes. A cold compress and elevation will help keep the swelling and bruising down. For the first few weeks following your surgery, you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and temporary changes in your vision such as blurring or double vision. Your stitches will be removed 2 to 7 days after your surgery.