Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, perks up drooping eyelids and minimizes puffy bags below your eyes. The procedure, which removes fat, excess skin, and muscle from upper and lower eyelids, can make you look younger and more alert. However, it will not lift droopy eyebrows or erase crow’s feet or dark circles under your eyes. To correct droopy eyebrows, you may want to consider a brow lift.
Most eyelid surgery patients at Plastic Surgery Associates are 35 or older, though some have the surgery at a younger age if baggy eyelids are a family trait. If you are physically healthy you should be a good candidate.
The incisions are made in the creases of your upper lids and right below the lashes of your lower lids. The doctor removes excess fat and trims baggy skin and muscle, then closes the incisions. If you need fat but not skin removed from your lower lids, we may recommend a procedure called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The doctor makes an incision inside your lower lid and removes the excess fat, leaving no visible scar. Eyelid surgery typically takes one to three hours, though that depends on whether you are having all four lids done or just the upper or lower ones. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
What Can I Expect?
Right after the surgery, your eyes will be lubricated with ointment and possibly bandaged. The lids may feel sore and tight, but your discomfort can be offset with medication. Your stitches will be removed within a week, after which the bruising and swelling will begin to fade. You should be able to watch television or read in two or three days and return to work within a couple weeks. Strenuous activity must wait three weeks. Your scars will look slightly pink for at least six months after the surgery, but eventually they will fade to a nearly invisible white line.
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