Eyelid Surgery – For Fresher Looking Eyes
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, creates open, larger and brighter appearing eyes. By removing excess or loose skin and fatty tissues which produce bags around your upper or lower lids, your eyes can appear larger, less tired, more open and brighter.
In women, excess loose tissue prevents optimal use of make-up and obscures the normal contours of the eyelid. In both women and men, loose, sagging, bulging tissues make your eyes appear smaller and look tired or stressed.
The goal of eyelid surgery is to produce a significant improvement in eyelid appearance with the utmost safety.
During the Surgery
Incisions for eyelid surgery are placed in the fold of the upper eyelid and immediately inside the lower eyelid, to make them inconspicuous. During the procedure, excess skin is removed from the upper eyelids. Also, if excess fatty tissue is producing bulges or bags, the excess is carefully removed to produce a natural lid appearance.
After carefully rechecking the lid, the incisions are closed with tiny sutures. The incisions inside the lower lid do not require sutures at all! The skin of the lower eyelid is then treated with a special laser, as previously mentioned, to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and to shrink excess skin.
The Stages of Recovery
For eyelid procedures, the average….
|Bruising and swelling resolve:||5-14 days|
|Return to work, Social activity:||7-8 days|
|Aerobic or strenuous activity:||14-21 days|
We encourage return to normal, non-strenuous, activity as soon as is safe and practical. We will give specific details at the time of your consultation. Any aerobic activity that increases your pulse over 100 also increases your blood pressure, and could make you bleed if this activity is resumed too soon after surgery. You should not drive for at least one week following your procedure, or until all swelling has resolved and your vision is normal. Also, avoidance of sun exposure is a must.
There are limits to the amount of tissue that can or should be removed from the eyelid. The key to the best result is precise planning of the procedure based on careful evaluation of the patient. Dr. Morris takes great care to be conservative and precise in order to achieve optimal results.
Eyelid surgery cannot remove every wrinkle from the eyelid area. Differences that exist in the eyelids on both sides may be improved after surgery, but slight differences will always be present.
You will have minimal discomfort following your eyelid procedure. You’ll have some swelling for the first two or three days after surgery, but it decreases rapidly by the third day. The pink coloration (from the laser treatment) of the lower eyelid may last 2-3 months; however, it can be completely covered with make-up in 5-7 days. Men have this procedure quite often and have no problem learning the conservative application of make-up to cover the redness. Alternatively, many choose not use any camouflage at all.
When we remove your sutures on the sixth day after surgery, you can immediately apply makeup to the lids to hide any residual traces of bruising. You can usually return to your normal activities in a week or less.
After examining you, and if you should decide to proceed with the surgery, Dr. Morris will arrange a consultation for a thorough eye exam. If you have any type of eye disease or symptoms, these must be carefully investigated and considered in planning your blepharoplasty. Risks of injury to the eye, infection, or impairment of vision are extremely small, but do exist and must be considered. If changes due to aging exist in other areas of the face, additional procedures may be indicated in those areas for optimal improvement of facial appearance.
Other risks common to all surgical procedures such as bleeding, infection and scar tissue formation occur in a very small percentage of cases. We will give you more detailed information about these risks in our written information, and encourage you to discuss any which concern you during your consultation.