Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgery because it can enhance and rejuvenate the eyes for a more awake and renewed appearance. However, it’s common to have questions if you’re considering a consultation about your options. Here are some questions we often hear from patients looking at their eyelid surgery options.
Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery can benefit both the upper and lower eyelids, sometimes in a combined procedure. Some patients opt for one or the other, however. Upper eyelid surgery can correct sagging skin or hooded eyelids, sometimes even benefitting patients who experience obscured vision because of skin that hangs over the field of vision. Conversely, lower eyelid surgery can lift and smooth bags of fat under the
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Whether or not you are a good candidate for either type of blepharoplasty depends on several factors. For starters, you’ll have to be in good health. This means you can’t have any serious problems with your eyes or vision that could affect your ability to recover or be made worse by surgery. Dr. Stanislaw will go over your health history during a consultation, and you should be sure to discuss any health concerns you may have.
What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty isn’t a lengthy procedure. In fact, it can take less than 2 hours in some cases. Upper Blepharoplasty can be performed in-office using local anesthesia. Lower blepharoplasty is scheduled at the hospital under general anesthesia. When it comes to addressing issues with the upper eyelids, the incision is usually made on the natural crease of your eyelid, which means any scarring is not usually visible or can be easily concealed with makeup. In the case of lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made inside the eyelid. During surgery, fat is removed from under the eyes. In some cases, patients may want to add volume-usually done after 1-month. .
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Eyelid Surgery?
The recovery process for blepharoplasty is usually tolerable and quick. It usually involves the use of cold compresses and prescribed medications to prevent swelling. , It’s important to keep your head elevated during your initial recovery. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work or social engagements after one or two weeks, depending on your progress. You may find that wearing sunglasses, even indoors, helps to reduce strain on your eyes and keep you more comfortable.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Blepharoplasty?
While there are risks associated with any surgery, it’s not very likely that you’ll have serious issues as a result of blepharoplasty. However, it’s still important to keep track of signs of infection or blurred vision and report them to our office. Since upper eyelid surgery is performed using local anesthesia, you’ll have a lesser risk of reaction or complications during surgery. There should be no pain with lower eyelid surgery, just some bruising and swelling. If you experience pain, you should call the surgeon immediately as this can be a serious post-operative complication.
Schedule a Consultation
Eyelid surgery can be a great way to rejuvenate your eyes and achieve the eyelid shape you’ve been hoping for. To get started on discussing your options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.