What is Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Surgery)?
The area around the eyes are often one of the first places to reveal signs of aging. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, becoming loose and less supple. Around the eyes, crow’s feet and excess skin in the upper eyelids reveal this aging process, contributing to a tired and worn out appearance. Fortunately, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive and extremely effective method to restore a more youthful and rested look.
What can Blepharoplasty Correct?
In extreme cases of excessive skin in the upper eyelid, a “hooding” effect of skin hanging over the eyelashes may obstruct peripheral vision. Patients notice improvement in their ability to see peripherally, feel less fatigue and appear more alert.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
There are many benefits to upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Perhaps the most notable is the improvement in your vision that can be obtained by removing excess skin that may be blocking your field of view. Some people described improved vision as well by allowing more light to enter the eye after removing excess skin that may be causing an ongoing effect or lateral hooding.
Ideal Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
During your consultation, you will undergo an extensive evaluation to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for surgery. There are certain medical conditions that manifest themselves with droopy eyelids. Prior to proceeding with surgery if these conditions would have to be managed. It is important to note that drooping upper eyelids often affect elderly individuals, so in general age is not a reason not to have surgery if you need it.
Things to Consider
Preparing for Upper Blepharoplasty
Rest assured that the surgeon will do everything possible to make sure that your surgery is as comfortable and as easy for you as possible.
If you are having anesthesia, do not have anything to eat or drink starting at midnight the night before your surgery unless you are instructed otherwise by either your surgeon or your primary care physician. The exception to this role is that you can take her morning medicines with a sip of water. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, your surgeon or treating physician will tell you if any modification to your usual morning dose as is necessary.
Potential Risks of Upper Blepharoplasty
The risks associated with blepharoplasty are very uncommon. While it is impossible for any surgeon to guarantee that you will never have a complication, rest assured that you are in expert hands and your risk of complications is very small.
The possible eyelid surgery risks include:
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Difficulty closing your eyes
- Infection and bleeding
- Skin discoloration
- Risks associated with surgery (anesthesia reaction)
Recovery From Eyelid Surgery
This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you will go home the same day.
- There is usually minimal pain after the procedure, although some discomfort is normal.
- Temporary blurred vision is normal and should subside within the first 24 hours.
- Ice packs are recommended for the first three days while bending and heavy lifting should be avoided.
- Swelling and bruising around to eyes lasts for seven to fourteen days.
Most patients can return to work after one week. Your physician will also provide detailed post surgical instructions.