Beauty and Rejuvenation with Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty), reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons. It’s also an effective way to improve sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision.
As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges. On the upper eyelids, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and get in the way of seeing.
An eye lift will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes or other facial wrinkles. It is often done along with other procedures such as laser resurfacing, filler injections, or forehead lifts.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?
The best candidates for an eye lift are people who are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have the surgery done sooner. Before your eyelid surgery, you’ll undergo vision examination and Eyelid photography. Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help build your confidence.
What you Can Expect after Eyelid Surgery?
After surgery you may temporarily experience:
• Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes
• Watering eyes
• Light sensitivity
• Double vision
• Redness where the cuts were made
• Puffy, numb eyelids
• Swelling and bruising eyes, but your eyelids should look normal within a week or two.
You can leave later that day to recuperate at home. Post-operative care of eyelid surgery include the
• Gently clean your eyelids and use prescribed eyedrops or ointments.
• Avoid straining, heavy lifting and swimming for a few days.
• Avoid strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging, for a few days.
• Avoid smoking.
• Avoid rubbing your eyes.
• If you use contact lenses, don’t put them in for about two weeks after surgery.
• Wear darkly tinted sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind.
• Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for a few days.
• Apply cool compresses to reduce swelling.
• For a few days, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen, and other medications or herbal supplements that may increase bleeding. If needed, use acetaminophen to control pain.
• After eyelid surgery, you will have stitches in both lids that will remain for as long as a week. Return to the doctor’s office to have stitches removed, if needed.