The area surrounding the eyes is one of the first to show the signs of facial aging. Eyelid surgery corrects the sagging upper eyelids as well as the bags that form below the eyes, creating a smoother, natural and more youthful look for your eyes. This surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both, and is an especially popular procedure for middle-aged men and women who are seeking to reverse the signs of facial aging.
Eyelid surgery is often combined with other facial surgeries, such as facelift and brow lift, to correct sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, cheeks, jawline and neck for a more overall youthful facial appearance.
Are You a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
People who are good candidates for eyelid surgery generally:
- Are in good health
- Have no serious eye conditions
- Have drooping upper eyelids
- Have bags under the eyes
- Have excess, loose skin on the eyelids
- Have wrinkles or deep crevices in the eye area
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery takes about one hour and can be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure or under intravenous sedation plus local anesthesia. During the surgery, the incisions are made along the natural creases of the upper eyelids and/or directly below the lower eyelashes. The skin is separated from the underlying tissue and the excess fat is then removed or repositioned. The eyelid muscle is sometimes tightened. The eyelid skin is then subjected to a very fine plastic closure on the incisions.
On patients who have more prominent bags under the eyes and/or skin laxity in the lower lid, a transconjuntival blepharoplasty may be performed. With this surgical technique, an incision is made inside the lower lid and fat is removed from the inside.
What to Expect from Recovery
Patients may experience excessive tearing, vision distortions and light sensitivity immediately following the procedure, but they usually subside within the first two to three days. The eyes may also be red and puffy for several days, and swelling and bruising are likely to occur, but should disappear after the first week. Gently applying a clean, cold compress or an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the eyes will help reduce the swelling. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used to alleviate any discomfort, though patients should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other pain relievers that may increase bleeding. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, including aerobics and lifting, for 10 to 14 days post-surgery. Most patients can return to work within a week to 10 days after surgery.
Do You Have More Questions about Eyelid Surgery?
If you would like to get rid of droopy eyelids that get in the way of your vision or add years to your face, or baggy lower lids that persist no matter how much you rest, eyelid surgery may be a good option for you. Find out more about how eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your eye area and instantly take years off of your appearance. An Allure Plastic Surgery surgeon will be happy to explain the procedure in more detail and how it can be tailored to meet your individual aesthetic concerns. Call Allure Plastic Surgery today at (305) 479-2991 to schedule your complimentary consultation.