What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure for correcting sagging or drooping eyelids. It is most commonly for people who desire a more youthful and rested appearance of the eyes. This procedure may also widen one’s visual fields if excessive upper lid skin has partially blocked his or her vision. Eyelid operations do not remove or erase wrinkle lines. They will, however, soften wrinkle lines.
Eyelid Surgery Candidates
The best candidates are men and women with optimal health, they do not smoke, and do not have any eye diseases. People with eye disease such as glaucoma or retinal detachment, diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease are not good candidates for eyelid surgery.
Patients should have realistic expectations before undergoing eyelid surgery. The procedure can enhance appearance and self-confidence, but will not completely alter the face.
Reasons For Blepharoplasty
- Functional Blepharoplasty – This may be necessary when the eyelids begin to sag and impairs your vision. This procedure may be covered by insurance if medically necessary.
- Cosmetic Blepharoplasty – This is for cosmetic purposes, performed on the upper or lower eyelid. This procedure has no affect on vision, but results in a younger looking and more refreshed appearance.
Eyelid surgery is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The process is relatively noninvasive and patients typically see a full recovery after a few weeks. During a blepharoplasty operation, incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. This helps mask scarring that may result from the procedure. After the incisions have been made, excess fat and skin are removed. The procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. The length of the procedure depends on if both the upper and lower eyelids are operated on.
Recovery after Eyelid Surgery
After eyelid surgery, we may advice patients to apply lubricating drops, ointment and cold compresses to help healing and minimize side effects. Most patients will return to work within a few days to a week. Patients should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. Dr. Lipton will remove stitches after 3 or 4 days. Most swelling and other side effects typically subside within 2 weeks. Patients should not wear contact lenses or eye makeup until 2 weeks after surgery. Patients will typically wear dark sunglasses outside or in bright light for 2 weeks to protect their eyes from sun and wind.
Risks of Blepharoplasty
There may be slight swelling and bruising around the surgical site, but this will reduce over time. Eyes may be irritated or dry due to temporary change in tear distribution. Other side effects are very uncommon. These include infection, reaction to anesthesia, and blurred vision. Uneven healing and and permanent scarring are very rare. Scars from blepharoplasty are usually well-concealed and fade with time.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to have a more rejuvenated look to your eyes and face, contact us today at 972.420.0023 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Lewisville and surrounding areas in Texas.