Excess skin around the eyes can make people look tired. It can also impair vision, give the eyes a puffy appearance, and lead to droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct these problems.
What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Eyelid surgery, also called an eye lift or blepharoplasty, is the treatment of choice for patients who have droopy eyelids and baggy eyes. Dr. Price performs this type of surgery to remove excess skin, fat, or muscle from the areas around the upper or lower eyelids.
Also referred to as an “eye lift”, the procedure eliminates the heaviness that excess skin puts on the upper eyelid, which is responsible for the drooping appearance. Although it is more commonly done as a cosmetic procedure, a blepharoplasty may be performed to correct the interference droopy eyelids can cause with a person’s vision.
What Does Eyelid Surgery Treat?
Eyelid surgery is able to rejuvenate the eye areas and make you appear younger. It is used to treat sagging skin that affects the contour of the upper eyelid, and can sometimes impair vision. Eyelid surgery can also remove excess fat that has accumulated in the eyelids, leading to a puffy appearance, as well address the bags that form under the eyes. Some patients also consider extending the treatment to improve the drooping of their lower eyelids and the wrinkles that form in the area.
Types of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty is done on the lower eyelid. This procedure is for modifying eye bags and improving the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
- Upper Eyelid Surgery is primarily used to address functionality. This is typically done for the elderly due to the upper eyelid losing its normal elasticity which leads to drooping and inversion. These issues can lead to loss of vision and problems with daily activities such as reading.
- Double Eyelid Surgery is also referred to as “Asian Blepharoplasty.” During this procedure a crease is created in the upper eyelid, resulting to a double-lidded appearance which is desirable by Asians.
Eyelid surgery may involve the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. During your surgery, Dr. Price will create incisions along the natural creases of your eyelids to keep scarring to a minimum. Incisions are made behind the lower eyelid or at the crease of your upper lids. Excess skin or fatty deposits will then be removed. In certain cases, some underlying muscle may be removed or tightened to improve results. The area will be reconfigured to suit your aesthetic goals. The surgery is performed as an outpatient, with patients returning home the same day.
How To Prepare For Eyelid Surgery
Before the Blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Price will provide the following instructions:
- Stop taking certain medications that have blood-thinning capabilities as they can interfere with your body’s blood clotting ability. Pain relievers like ibuprofen and aspirin have to be avoided, as well, because they can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery and make postoperative bruising worse..
- The night before your surgery, you are asked not drink or eat anything after midnight. On the morning of your appointment, you may have to take essential medications with a sip of water.
- Make sure you have someone available to drive you home after your eyelid surgery and to help you at home that night.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Most patients have very minor discomfort after eyelid surgery, and require little, if any pain medication. For the first 24-48 hours you will use an ice pack to minimize bruising and swelling. It is normal, however, for some bruising and swelling to be visible for up to two weeks. To help minimize bruising and decrease swelling, the patient should limit vigorous physical activity for two weeks.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, call 203-453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price. Our practice serves Guilford, New Haven and surrounding areas in Connecticut.