Why eyelid surgery?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery can give you a rejuvenated appearance, making you look more rested and alert. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that can impair vision
- Excess fatty deposits that look puffy
- Bags under the eyes
- Lower-eyelid droopiness
- Excess skin and wrinkles around the lower eyelid
Eyelid surgery is performed on men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles.
Is it right for you?
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment.
An ideal eyelid surgery candidate:
- Is physically healthy and is a nonsmoker
- Has a positive outlook and realistic goals about improvements
- Does not have serious eye conditions
Tell your doctor if you have any eye disease, a thyroid disorder, heart disease, high blood pressure, or circulatory disorders of diabetes.
Preparing for your consultation
The success and safety of your eyelid surgery depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss:
- Why you want surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your health status, including any previous surgeries
- Your family health history
- Your risk factors
- Potential complications of surgery
Make sure you bring a list of your own questions and concerns. Please feel free to bring a supportive friend to help you listen or take notes. Become well-informed before you make a final decision.
Preparing for surgery
Once you have completed your consultation and decided eyelid surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
- Have lab tests and/or a medical evaluation
- Stop, start or adjust certain medicines and supplements
- Stop smoking
We will also give you instructions on what to do the day before and morning of surgery, and instructions for self-care after surgery. You will need to arrange for a ride home on surgery day. Also, make sure someone stays with you at least the first night following surgery.
What to expect after surgery
After your procedure, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied. Your eyes may also be covered with gauze. Initial healing may include swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes.
We will give you complete written instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Instructions will include:
- When you can resume exercise, work and other activities
- How to care for any bandages, wraps or stitches
- Recommendations for pain medicines
- Symptoms to watch for
- How to care for your scars
- When to schedule your follow-up appointments
Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it could take up to a year for your incisions to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Lifelong sun protection, including sunglasses, will help you maintain your results.