What Can Blepharoplasty Address?
What Does the Eyelid Procedure Entail?
Upper Eyelid SurgeryIncisions are generally made along the natural crease of the upper eyelids to conceal any scarring. Excess skin is removed, and displaced fat is repositioned or removed.
Lower Eyelid SurgeryFor lower eyelid surgery, an incision in the conjunctiva of the lower eyelid (inside the eyelid), can be used to address displaced fat. The advantage of this technique is that there is no visible scar on the lower eyelid. An incision along the lower eyelid can be used to address excess skin and fat.
Eyelid Lift Concerns
Generally, there is minimal discomfort that may include tightness, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. Patients are encouraged to keep their heads elevated to help reduce bruising and swelling. Sutures are removed after four or five days, and bruising should dissipate after eight to 10 days. You can resume your typical activities within one or two weeks and strenuous activities within two or three weeks.
Patients are instructed to use lubricating ointment and drops immediately after surgery and for several weeks following surgery. Normal tear production is disrupted and can last for several weeks or even longer after eyelid surgery. Makeup can be worn to cover any remaining bruising or discoloration after a few days. Sunglasses and sun protection should be worn for the first few weeks when you are outside.
Some patients experience sensitivity to light and mild vision blurring for a few weeks, which is temporary. There is a risk of persistent dry eyes after any eyelid surgery, and if one has this problem before surgery, it can worsen the problem.
The natural contours of the eyelids generally conceal scarring. Any visible scarring is typically unnoticeable and can be hidden with cosmetics.
Every eyelid surgery is completely customized to achieve the patient’s unique goals. After discussing your concerns and preferences, Dr. Green can determine a surgical plan and provide an assessment along with a price estimate.
Any pain associated with your recuperation can be alleviated with medications prescribed by your physician.
The Art of Plastic Surgery
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
– Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery?
Anyone with bothersome bags under their eyes or excessive wrinkling and loose eyelid skin can benefit from eyelid surgery. You should be healthy and have realistic, positive expectations for your outcome.
How long does the blepharoplasty procedure take?
Eyelid surgery takes between one and three hours to perform.
Can I combine my blepharoplasty with other procedures?
How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?
Your results should be long lasting, especially when precautions are taken (maintaining a healthy lifestyle, using protection when exposed to the sun, and following a daily skincare routine).
Can eyelid surgery be used to create an upper eyelid crease for patients of Asian descent?
Some Asian patients desire to create an upper eyelid crease or make the one they have more distinct. This can be achieved through eyelid surgery without erasing evidence of ethnic or racial heritage.