Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of your eyelids.
Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.
What eyelid surgery can treat
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid and crows feet
- Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Excess skin that is hooding the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision & causing headache from muscle tension
Eyelid surgery recovery
During your eyelid surgery recovery, lubricating ointment and cold wet compresses may be applied, & Tylenol may be taken if there is any discomfort after your procedure is completed. Head elevation when lying down can also enhance healing and relieve discomfort.
You will be given specific post-operative instructions that include how to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing. Detailed information is included on how to clean the surgical site until the suture removal and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.
Sutures will be removed 7-10 days after surgery. The final outcome will be evident in 3-6 months.
Advantages of Botox
During the recovery process, Botox is recommended before and after to soften muscle tension in the crows feet area to increase to help during the healing process.
Eyelid surgery results
The results of eyelid surgery will be long lasting. While there usually is little pain involved in this surgery, there can be swelling or bruising. Most patients are presentable to the public in 10-14 days. However, it may take a few months before final healing is completed.
Results 6 weeks after procedure. Photos courtesy of Dr. Bradley Greene, Medical Director, Laser Center of Marin Medical Group, Inc.
While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Ongoing sun protection will help to maintain your results.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your post-operative instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.