If you’re constantly hearing how tired you look no matter how much extra sleep you get, and eye creams do little to refresh your appearance, it may be time to consult with Dr. Weston about blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.
Is eyelid surgery right for you?
After carefully reviewing your medical history and assessing your health, Dr. Weston will consult with you about your cosmetic goals. Eyelid surgery performed on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both can correct the following problems:
- Hooded or droopy upper eyelids
- Sagging lower eyelids
- Eye bags and under eye puffiness
- Under eye creases and excess skin
- Crepey eyelid skin
What to expect during eyelid surgery
Anesthesia options for eyelid surgery include general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.
If upper eyelid hooding is the problem, incisions are hidden in the upper eyelid crease. If issues with the lower eyelid need to be corrected, incisions are hidden either below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid (known as a transconjunctival approach).
Once incisions are made, excess skin is removed, eyelid muscles are tightened and fatty tissues are repositioned. Incisions are closed with fine sutures, and the entire blepharoplasty procedure is completed within about one to three hours. Depending on the type of incisions used, sterile bandages may be applied.
Eyelid surgery may be performed in conjunction with laser skin resurfacing, to reduce wrinkles, and fat grafting, to improve dark circles under the eyes.
Eyelid surgery recovery
Due to the effects of anesthesia, you will not be able to drive immediately following your eyelid surgery.
You will be able to return to normal daily activities and apply makeup to your face within seven to 10 days, however you may not want make public appearances for about two weeks, when swelling and bruising have diminished. You can take steps to reduce bruising and swelling, such as using cold compresses and keeping your head elevated the first few days following surgery.
Three weeks after eyelid surgery, you should be able to begin wearing contact lenses. Final eyelid surgery results are achieved in about three months.