Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure will the sole purpose of repairing droopy eyelids that may involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat.
With age, your eyelids become loose as the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat can accumulate above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper eyelids, and bags under your eyes.
Apart from making you look older, severely baggy skin around your eyes can reduce your side or peripheral vision, especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision.
Blepharoplasty is mostly done on an outpatient basis. To help decide if blepharoplasty is right for you, find out what you can realistically expect and explore the benefits and risks of this procedure.
Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your blepharoplasty procedure.
Blepharoplasty is usually done in an outpatient setting. Your surgeon injects a numbing medication into your eyelids and administers intravenous medication to help you relax.
This may make you groggy. During the procedure If you have surgery on your upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon generally works on your upper lids first.
He or she cuts along the fold of the eyelid, removes some excess skin, muscle, and fat, and closes the cut. On the lower lid, the surgeon makes a cut just below the lashes in your eye's natural crease or inside the lower lid.
He or she removes or redistributes excess fat, muscle and sagging skin, and closes the cut. If your eyelid droops close to your pupil, your surgeon may do blepharoplasty with a procedure called ptosis (TOE-sis) to address that problem.
Blepharoplasty usually takes less than two hours, depending on the amount and location of tissue being removed. After the procedure After surgery, you spend time in a recovery room, where you are monitored for complications.
You can leave later that day to recuperate at home. After surgery you may temporarily experience:
Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes
Redness where the cuts were made
Puffy, numb eyelids
Swelling and bruising similar to having "black eyes"
Your doctor will likely suggest you take the following steps after surgery:
Gently clean your eyelids and use prescribed eyedrops or ointments.
Avoid straining, heavy lifting and swimming for a few days.
Avoid strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging, for a few days.
Avoid rubbing your eyes.
If you use contact lenses, don't put them in for about two weeks after surgery.
Wear darkly tinted sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind.
Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for a few days.
Apply cool compresses to reduce swelling.
After a few days, return to the doctor's office to have stitches removed, if needed.
For a few days, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and other medications or herbal supplements that may increase bleeding. If needed, use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) to control pain.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:
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