If you’re answering yes to some of these questions, you may be a good candidate for eyelid plastic surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, which removes excess skin and fat and tightens the structures of the eyelids.
The eyelid area is intertwined with the structures both above (brows and forehead) and below (cheeks and lower face) so changes that go on in those areas affect the eyelids. Genetics plays a big factor as do environmental issues such and smoking and allergies.
All these conditions lead to development of excess drooping skin in the upper eyelids and excess skin and bags in the lower eyelids. The eyelid structures themselves may weaken and droop either blocking vision from above or sagging in the lower lids causing irritation and dry eyes.
The upper lids are generally treated by removal of the excess skin and some of the fat. Some patients may need elevation of the brow areas as well, known as a browlift. In some cases, additional work may need to be done to improve upper eyelid function.
The lower eyelids are treated by removal of excess fat causing bags, as well as some skin if needed. Some patients require tightening of the lower eyelid to provide better structural support.
The procedure generally takes about an hour to 1½ hours to perform. While you can have a full anesthetic, most patients choose either oral sedation or IV “Twilight” sedation.
Recovery is quick and virtually pain free, however you should take it easy for the first few days. After 72 hours you can resume limited activity and increase as the days go by. We suggest refraining from exercise for 10-14 days.
• Patients with excess skin in the upper eyelids, weighing down and possibly interfering with vision.
• Lower eyelid bags possibly combined with excess skin.
• Drooping lower eyelid exposing the lower part of the eye
• Patients who have realistic expectations.
• Patients in otherwise poor health – poorly controlled diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure for example.
• Patients who smoke are encouraged to quit prior to the procedure and for a few weeks after.
• Plan on having someone stay with you full-time after the procedure for at least the first 24 hours.
• You’ll feel most comfortable in a position with your head elevated
• Have cold compresses or gel packs available to reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery.
• You’ll meet with our doctors, anesthesia staff and nurses to answer any remaining questions and help prepare you for the procedure.
• During the surgery you’ll be given an anesthetic of your choice.
• The rate of complications for this procedure is very low, but your surgery and recovery will be very closely monitored to prevent any possible problems.
• Potential complications will be explained during your consultation and will also be provided in writing prior to the surgery.
• We want you or your caregiver to contact us with any concerns you may have.
• Meet with our Surgical Consultants for an initial evaluation as well as scheduling and pricing options.
• Ready to move forward? You’ll then meet with our surgeons for a full consultation and evaluation prior to your surgery date.
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