Blepharoplasty is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and or lower eyelids.
Prior consultation, relevant information from your ophthalmologist or the record of your most recent eye exam is necessary. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, be sure to bring them along. Care should be exercised in patients with thyroid problems, dry eye, high blood pressure or, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution; Check with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery.
This procedure is done as an outpatient and usually takes one to two hours. Surgical incisions are made the natural lines of your eyelids; in the creases of your upper lids, and just below the lashes in the lower lids. The incisions may extend into the crow’s feet or laugh lines at the outer corners of your eyes. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures. The stitches will be removed in 3-7 days after surgery.
After surgery, the surgeon will lubricate your eyes with ointment. Cool compresses are applied to the eyes for the first 2 days after surgery, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
Temporary tightness of eyelids, swelling, bruising, burning, and itching sometimes occur. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light may last for few weeks; however, any discomfort can be controlled with oral pain medication. If you feel any severe pain, call your surgeon immediately.
Usually, you will be able to resume reading in 2 or 3 days. Patients are back to work in 7 to 10 days. You will be able to wear your contact lenses in 2 weeks or more and resume strenuous activities in about 3 weeks.
Upper-eyelid surgery may be covered by medical insurance. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift.
The specific risks and the suitability of Bepheroplasty procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.