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Questions & Answers about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
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What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also referred to as eyelid surgery, or simply having your eyes done, is a popular procedure that can improve sagging upper eyelids and bulging bags under the eyes. The eye are is one of the first to be visibly affected by the aging process, causing patients to look tired or fatigued. Blepharoplasty is performed in order to restore a refreshed, youthful look to your eyes. The lower eyelids achieve a smoother appearance and the droopiness in the upper eyelids is corrected. In additon to its cosmetic effects, those who are experiencing a decrease in their field of vision because of sagging upper eyelids may benefit from this procedure.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best candidate for blepharoplasty is a physically healthy person who is realistic in their expectations regarding improvement of droopy upper eyelids and bulging lower eyelid bags. Blepharoplasty will not correct sagging of the brows, forehead furrows, or deep lines and wrinkles.
How long does the procedure take?
Blepharoplasties take about one to three hours to complete.
How much pain will I have after surgery?
There is not much pain after blepharoplasty surgery. There is swelling and occasionally bruising. You will be asked to use cold compresses to help with swelling and discomfort. You will be given medication to help alleviate any pain you may experience.
What are the risks of this surgery?
Adverse events are rare. One possible risk is bleeding behind the eyelids. This is an extremely unlikely event, but needs immediate attention if it occurs. You may also experience a moderate burning sensation of the eye following surgery. This can be controlled with eye drops, and always resolves within 1-2 days after surgery. Changes in eyelid position, infection and scar irregularities are other rare but possible risks.
Will I have scars?
Each upper eyelid scar is very well hidden by a prominent crease in the lid. If lower lid incisions are made through the conjuctiva, there are no visible scars. If lower lid incisions are made through the skin immediately below the lashes, the scar is well hidden by the lashes.
When will my eyelids look normal after surgery?
Swelling and brusing typically resolves after 1-2 weeks, but redness of the upper lid incision may last several weeks. You may also feel small bumps under the upper incisions that can last for weeks. These are the normal side effects of blepharoplasty, and will resolve in time.
When can I resume normal activities and return to work?
Bruising and swelling can occur for 7-10 days. Most patients take time off until this is resolved.
Exercise should be avoided for about 3 weeks after surgery.
Do patients ever need another blepharoplasty?
The benefits of blepharoplasty last indefinitely and revision surgery is rare.