The eyes are the window to your soul and often the first thing that people will see when they look at you. Your eyelids can easily convey a youthful appearance; Conversely, they are capable of carrying some of the most dramatic signs of aging. A loss of elasticity can contribute to a droopy, tired and aged appearance that is quite noticeable. Additionally, sagging eyelids can create discomfort and irritation of the globe itself. Fortunately, there is a procedure that can correct these issues. Eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty, acts like a surgical lift for the eyelids, removing excess skin. Tightening lax structures, and restoring a well-rested, fresh appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation medications. Providing sedation during this procedure helps to ensure patient comfort and minimizes patient movement during the surgery.
If surgery is being performed on the upper eyelids, Dr. Brenner will make an incision along the eyelid’s natural fold. At this time, excess fat and skin is removed, which will remove weight from the eyelid, allowing the eyes to open wider. The incision is then closed, leaving a nearly invisible scar.
Should surgery be required on the lower eyelid, the incision is made directly beneath the lashes or inside the lower lid, where it will be well hidden following the surgery. Just like the upper eyelid, Dr. Brenner will then remove fat, muscle or skin where it has become excessive. At this point, the incision is stitched up and the procedure is completed.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery is a short outpatient procedure, generally lasting less than two hours. Immediately following the surgery, you will have a brief stay in a recovery room, simply so Dr. Brenner can monitor your condition for any possible complications. You will be able to leave once fully awake and alert; commonly within an hour.
As part of the recovery process, Dr. Brenner will apply an ointment to your eyes, which will protect them and prevent dryness. While this may cause temporary blurred vision, it will go a long way towards helping in the healing process. Following the eyelid surgery, you may expect a few temporary effects:
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Puffy eyes
- Numb eyes
- Swelling and bruising
Eyelid surgery produces minimal pain, but you may be given a mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen. During this time, it is important to avoid pain relievers that may increase bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Stitches are removed after five to seven days.
During the first week after surgery, it is wise to take the following precautions:
- Avoid heavy lifting, swimming and any straining
- Avoid rigorous exercise
- Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun
- Sleep with your head elevated
- Follow any instructions given by Dr. Brenner on cleansing the eyelids