Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid-surgery-Exclusively-Faces-Winchester-VADo people always ask you if you are tired or angry?  If so, it may be time to think about eyelid surgery. All the sleep, treatments and creams in the world cannot remedy drooping, hooded eyelids or a very puffy, baggy under eye area.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can have a dramatic effect on your appearance, with minimal down time. Eyelid surgery refers to surgical alterations of the upper and lower eyelids to remove excess skin and bulging skin. The surgery can include the upper area (the lid) or the lower eye area or both.

Although more women elect to have eyelid surgery, the operation is equally suitable for men. The result is a refreshed, brighter, “awake” look.

Lines and crow’s feet, dark under eye circles and sagging eyebrows are usually diminished but not eliminated by this procedure. For patients who desire correction of these lines, a chemical peel, BOTOX or dermal filler injections may be used.

What Can I Expect?

Hidden incisions are made in the upper and lower eyelids. This is usually carried out in our office surgical suite. Through these incisions, excess skin, fat and muscle are removed if needed. The location of the incisions, coupled with the excellent healing ability of the eyelid skin, means that scars are difficult if not impossible to see with the passage of time.

Serious complications are extremely unusual, and those that occur can usually be corrected. Additional risks include bleeding, postoperative dryness of the eye, visible scarring and very rarely vision loss.

Guidelines for After Surgery

Head elevation and ice to the eyes for 36 hours decreases swelling and bruising. Suture removal is performed four to five days after surgery. The sutures are easily removed. Patients who use make-up may do so five to seven days after surgery. Most patients can return to normal activity a few days after surgery. Faint bruising often persists for several days but is easily camouflaged by make-up or sunglasses. After two weeks, patients are generally back to their normal routine.

Discomfort is relatively minimal after blepharoplasty. Most patients require little or no pain medication. Some minor irritation of the eyes is common and may occur for several days after the operation. Closely following these instructions will greatly diminish the discomfort, swelling and bruising. Heavy lifting and increased activity should be avoided for up to two weeks. Antibiotic and pain prescriptions will be provided.

Is This Right for Me?

Every person is different. The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen.

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