Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) treats the tissues around the eyes to turn back the clock on aging. As our faces age, specific changes occur around the eyes that give an aged and worn down look. Over the eyes, the tissues start to stretch and hang over the eye itself. Under the eyes, the tissues begin to sag, stretch, bags and grooves appear. Eyelid surgery, of the upper and lower eyelids, reverses some of these changes, giving back the youthful and rested appearance.
Benefits of eyelid surgery
- Turns back the clock on facial aging
- Gives a well rested appearance
- Can improve vision if the overhanging skin obstructs the eye
Recovery After Eyelid Surgery
Immediately: ice and a wet towel will be placed on your eye area in the recovery room. There will be some swelling and bruising. You will be able to go home the same day.
1 week: Usually swelling is a little worse on day # 2, but then on day 3 you are over the hump and swelling improves from then on. You will need to stay home for about a week. You will come back in a week to remove the stitches if you have stitches.
2 weeks: At this time people can go out in public, although some bruising and swelling remains it can be covered up. You can return to your daily activities.
1 month: results can be clearly seen, and almost all the swelling is gone.
6month-1 year: continual improvement and healing of the scars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I require general anesthesia?
For lower blepharoplasty, or a combination procedure, yes. If it is just upper blepharoplasty, it can be performed under local anesthesia.
Can blepharoplasty be performed in combination with other procedures?
Yes, most often it is performed with facelift, fat transfer to face, or other procedures which in combination restore facial youth.
How old are patients who get eyelid surgery?
Usually at least 40 years of age. Sometimes younger people get the procedure if they have clear signs of aging around their eyes. Sometimes people in their 20s get lower blepharoplasty fat removal if they have fat bags under their eyes. This condition runs in the family.