Drooping eyelids and bags below your eyes may make you appear tired and older than you are. If this has happened to you, you can turn to our plastic surgery team for an eyelid surgery procedure to help you revitalize your eyes.
The surgery can address several common cosmetic concerns:
- Drooping upper eyelids
- Under-eye bags
- Loose eyelid skin
Who should consider eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a popular procedure in the U.S. to correct a droopiness or bagginess of the eyelids. It can be combined with other facial surgeries. The procedure can correct saggy skin around the eyes, an issue that can often be hereditary. Most patients who wish to correct these issues are in their mid 30s or older.
Eyelid surgery may not be right for you if you have thyroid problems, dry eye, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, detached retina or glaucoma. Prior to the procedure, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your medical history. He or she may advise that you seek a medical evaluation from an eye doctor as well.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
The procedure takes 1-3 hours to perform and is often done with a local anesthetic. Your plastic surgeon will make incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids. Your surgeon will then separate the skin from the underlying tissues and fat, removing any excess and repositioning some of it. When finished, your surgeon will close the incisions with very small sutures.
In some cases, your plastic surgeon may choose to perform the transconjunctivital technique, which involves an incision in only the lower lid, followed by conservative fat removal.
What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
You should expect a recovery time of about 10 days following your eyelid surgery. Your eyelids may feel tight and sore following the procedure and discomfort may be controlled with medication. Your head should be elevated for a few days, and cold compresses may be used to control swelling and bruising. Exercise may be resumed after 3 weeks, and you may wear contact lenses after 2 weeks. Please follow your plastic surgeon's instructions for proper aftercare.
Possible side effects of eyelid surgery may include infection, dry eyes, formation of whiteheads and slight asymmetry or scarring.
If you would like to learn more about cosmetic eyelid surgery, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your eyelid surgery options.