Eyelid surgery: What you need to know

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jul 7, 2014 10:00:00 AM

eyelid-surgery-factsIn every picture you look like your eyes are closed despite trying to hold them wide open. You look tired even after a thorough and restful night of sleep. No matter what you do, your eyelids appear puffy, saggy, and simply tired. Unfortunately, they are also causing you to look older than you actually are. It is natural for the eyelids, like the rest of the body, to change as we age, but eventually the eyelids may appear so aged that they affect the rest of your appearance. Thankfully, eyelid surgery is able to effectively address signs of aging around the eyes.

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that addresses sagging, drooping, or heavy eyelids, typically of the upper lid. Excess skin and puffiness of the lower lids can also be addressed at the same time if needed. Blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the eyelids, and may improve the function for some patients. It consists of surgically removing excess skin and tissue, repositioning the lid, and in some cases, addressing muscle laxity around or beneath the eyelid. The goal of eyelid surgery is to create a smoother appearance to the eyelids and restore the youthful transition between the nose, eye, and cheek. For patients experiencing a diminished field of vision due to excessive eyelid sagging, the surgery may also improve peripheral vision.

Eyelid surgery may treat or correct:

  • Puffiness or excess fat deposits in the upper eyelids

  • Loose, sagging skin and associated wrinkles and creases around the eyes

  • Excess skin and wrinkles around the lower eyelid

  • Sagging or bagginess beneath the eye

  • Drooping of the lower eyelid

Who is the ideal eyelid surgery patient?

Blepharoplasty is ideal for men and women who are overall healthy, non-smokers with healthy facial skin and underlying structures. Be sure to discuss your medical history and any medications, supplements, or vitamins you take with your plastic surgeon during your consultation to be sure that you are healthy enough to undergo eyelid surgery. Some medications, supplements, and vitamins may need to be stopped prior to surgery, particularly if you take any blood-thinning medications. 

What do I need to know about eyelid surgery and recovery?

Eyelid surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Ideally they should also be able to stay with you for at least a full day and a night after your surgery to help you as you recover and to monitor for any complications. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities and go back to work within ten days. Typically, recovery involves some post-operative swelling, bruising, irritation, and dry eye sensations. Your surgeon may prescribe medications, eye ointments, or eye drops to help with these symptoms. Many patients also find relief from cold compresses applied gently to the eyes. 

How long will eyelid surgery results last?

For most patients, the results of eyelid surgery are permanent. You should expect to see your final results within several weeks of surgery, but the incisions may take longer (up to a year) to fade and flatten. Although blepharoplasty results are typically permanent, the natural aging process will continue. Some patients may benefit from additional treatments such as Botox® or dermal fillers either in conjunction with eyelid surgery or as maintenance for other signs of aging around the eyes and face. 

Good sun-protection habits will help protect and preserve your eyelid surgery results. Be sure to wear UV-filtering sunglasses at all times when outdoors, even on cloudy or snowy days to protect the eyes and the surrounding skin from ultraviolet damage. Apply a high quality sunscreen to the face as well any time you will either be outside, near a brightly-lit window, or driving.

What are the risks of blepharoplasty?

During your consultation, your surgeon will examine your eyelids, surrounding skin, and facial tissues and offer you guidance related to your procedure or other procedures that may be appropriate. Your surgeon will also discuss the general risks of blepharoplasty as well as any risks specific to your needs and situation.

To learn more about blepharoplasty and other options to refresh your eyelids and your overall look, please call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262 to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Topics: Plastic surgery

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