Understanding Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is a plastic surgery procedure which can create more youthful looking eyes. This surgery, known technically as blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. The surgery can improve both puffiness of the lower eyelids as well as drooping of the upper eyelids. For more extensive rejuvenation, the surgery may be performed along with other procedures like a forehead lift or skin resurfacing.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery as it is more commonly known, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eye area. During the surgery, excess fat, skin and muscle are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This helps to improve drooping upper eyelids and puffy under eye bags. Eyelid surgery may also improve vision if excess upper eyelid skin is interfering with sight.
Considering Eyelid Surgery
If you are considering eyelid surgery, it’s important that you be in good physical health and that you have realistic expectations for your surgery’s outcome. Surgery may not be indicated for patients with certain circulatory or ophthalmologic conditions.
The surgical time for blepharoplasty typically lasts between one and three hours, with either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia being used. Incisions are usually located in the crease of the upper eyelids and just below the lashes of the lower eyelids. Working through the incisions, excess fat is removed, sagging skin and muscle are trimmed and the incisions are then closed. A procedure known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed on patients without excess skin and just a pocket of fat beneath the lower eyelids. For this procedure, incisions are made on the inside of the lower eyelids. For more blepharoplasty procedure questions click here.
After Eyelid Procedure
After eyelid surgery, a bandage may be temporarily applied to the eyelids. Patients can expect some bruising and swelling with most of the bruising fading within two to four weeks. Discomfort can also occur, in particular a tight or sore sensation in the eyelids, and pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve these symptoms. Other side effects that may occur during the first week after surgery can include dry, itchy or burning sensations of the eyes, tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred or double vision. Stitches are generally removed on day seven. It will take about seven to ten days before work and other normal activities can be resumed and about three weeks before resuming more strenuous activities.
Hamilton Eyelid Surgery FAQ
What is eyelid surgery?
This form of facial plastic surgery is used to create more youthful-looking eyes. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
How is it done?
During the surgery, Dr. Hamilton will remove excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and / or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery doesn’t just eliminate puffy eyelids and under eye bags, it can also improve vision when in cases where the upper eyelid is interfering with a patient’s eyesight.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Just like with any other cosmetic procedure, you’ll need to be in good health and have realistic expectations of your procedure’s outcome. If you have a circulatory or ophthalmologic condition, you may not be a good candidate for this procedure.
How long does it take?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, takes between one and three hours to complete. You will be given local anesthesia and sedation or a general anesthesia depending on your case.
How does it work?
Dr. Hamilton generally makes an incision in the crease of your upper eyelid and below the lower eyelashes. Excess skin will be removed by working through the incisions. Sagging skin and muscle will be trimmed, and then the incision will be closed.
What if I don’t have excess skin?
If you just have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids, transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed. An incision will be made inside your lower eyelids to eliminate the excess fat.
What should I expect after the procedure is complete?
You can expect bruising and swelling, but this typically subsides within two to four weeks. Discomfort is to be expected, but you will be prescribed pain medication for this if necessary. To get more details about post-operative care after undergoing eyelid surgery, click our Post Operative Blepharoplasty Instructions page.
What are the side effects?
The side effects include itchy, dry, and/or burning sensations in your eyes. Tearing, light sensitivity, blurred, and / or double vision are also common side effects. However, these side effects usually go away as swelling subsides.
When will my stitches be removed?
Stitches are normally removed on day seven after the surgery.
When can I return to work?
Seven to ten days after your surgery you can return to work. It will take about three weeks to resume more strenuous activities.
How do I get started?
You’ll need to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hamilton. Be sure to prepare a list of any questions or concerns you may have. At your initial consultation, you’ll have time to ask questions and learn more about the cost of facial plastic surgery. Remember, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations. There are many factors you need to consider like your medical history and pain tolerance. Your results will not be noticeable immediately. You’ll have to wait for the swelling and bruising to subside, and in some cases; this can take months.