What is Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a popular procedure, intended to improve the appearance of eyes by lifting them and making them look younger. In this process, excess fat around the eyes is removed to reduce the weight that causes the eyes to sag. More frequently performed on the upper lid, blepharoplasty can be used for lower lids as well.
Why opt for Eyelid Surgery?
This treatment is generally sought after by people 35 or older who want to get rid of their drooping or baggy eyelids. Extra fat and skin on the upper lid can create a puffy look on the eyes, which can also cause discomfort or reduce your visibility. Removing the excess tissue can return full vision and give the eyes a younger, tighter look. Eyelid surgery on the lower lids is performed to decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
How to Prepare
Your doctor will meet with you for an initial consultation that will give you an opportunity to learn more about the procedure and share your goals and expectations. He or she will also go over your medical history with you and conduct a physical exam to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you. If you’re recommended to have the surgery, the doctor will make personalized recommendations specific to your habits and health that will reduce the risks of surgery.
Recovery time from eyelid surgery is short—just 48 to 72 hours of applying cool and mild compresses to decrease inflammation. After surgery, your stitches are covered by a bandage that will be removed 7 to 15 days later. A few days after the procedure, you’ll be able to walk and perform light exercise if you want. Certain activities, such as strenuous exercises, swimming, smoking and touching or rubbing your eyes will need to be avoided. Your doctor will likely recommend you not take drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or anything that may cause additional bleeding. During the first few weeks you’ll need to keep track of your recovery in case anything abnormal occurs. If you experience symptoms like shortness of breath, accelerated heart rate or excessive eye pain, be sure to contact your doctor for clarification or a follow appointment.