Surgery of the
eyelids or eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is a plastic or cosmetic surgical
procedure designed to improve the appearance of the eye area by eliminating the
signs of aging with excess skin and bags. This procedure restores a much more
youthful and refreshed appearance by correcting droopy upper eyelids and also
puffy under eye bags.
procedure can improve vision by removing the excess skin of the upper eyelids
which can affect vision as a person ages.
The following is
removed during the surgery:
How do I know if I am a
good candidate for blepharoplasty?
Patients can be a good candidate with the
In good physical condition
Realistic in expectations with this
Seeking an improvement to puffy under-eye
Seeking an improvement to drooping upper
Patients having the following problems might
be considered for blepharoplasty:
The incisions for blepharoplasty are
normally made in the crease of the upper eyelids and or just below the
eye lashes of the lower lids - known as "transcuteaneous approach".
Some surgeons like to use the incision inside the lower lid called "transconjunctive
approach" on patients who do not have excess skin but only a pocket of
fat beneath the lower eyelids.
By working through these incisions,
excess fat is removed along with trimming the sagging skin and muscle.
Incisions are closed with sutures and
bandages may be applied to the eye area.
does is the surgery for blepharoplasty?
surgery time for blepharoplasty is about one to three hours.
have scars after my blepharoplasty procedure?
Unfortunately, the incisions for blepharoplasty do result in scars,
however; they tend to be small and strategically placed in the natural
creases of the upper eyelids or just below the lash line of the lower
If you are
transconjunctival approach done, results are there will be no
visible scarring on the lower eyelid, as the incision is made inside the
Is there a lot
of pain associated with blepharoplasty:
there is not a lot of pain associated with this procedure. The
eyelids will feel tight and sore at first - but the oral pain medication
takes care of any discomfort you might have. The eye area heals
exceptionally fast. Patients tend to recover rapidly from this
Will I need someone to
drive me home from having this surgery?
Yes, you will
need a responsible adult to pick you up from the surgery center. Patients who have had anesthesia will need to have someone stay with
them for the first 24 hours after surgery. Your vision will be
blurry following blepharoplasty for a couple of days, so you will need
some help getting around.
should I expect of the recovery after my blepharoplasty procedure?
How much time
do I need to recover from blepharoplasty?
activities, including work (office type) can typically be resumed within
a couple of weeks following surgery. It is important however; not
to get your heart rate up with doing too much.
When can I
start exercising again?
exercise should be delayed for up to at least three weeks post
operative. Make sure you ask your own plastic surgeon when he
feels it is okay for you to get back to your exercise routine, as each
surgeon has their own timeline.
the stitches be removed after my blepharoplasty procedure?
may be removed within two to seven days - however; usually it is around
the complications and risks associated with blepharoplasty?
As with all
types of surgery, there are some risks associated with blepharoplasty
and these may include the following:
blepharoplasty surgery be covered by insurance?
Blepharoplasty procedures in general are normally considered cosmetic
surgery, which is not reimbursable from insurance. However, if the
patient has their vision impaired due to sagging eyelids, then the
insurance might be available. Make sure you check with your own