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?
Eyelid surgery, also known as 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 an 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.
How is an eyelid surgery done?
An 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 may also be done either 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 do I prepare for an eyelid surgery?
You will be provided with 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.
What is recovery from eyelid surgery like?
Most patients have very minor discomfort after eyelid surgery, and require little, if any pain medication. Iced soaks are used to minimize bruising and swelling the first twenty-four hours. It is normal, however, for some bruising and swelling to be visible for up to two weeks. To help minimize bruising and decrease swelling, vigorous physical activity is limited for two weeks, but can then be resumed.