Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery also referred as eyelid lift or blepahroplasty improves the sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision.
It is often done for cosmetic reasons too.
An eye lift or blepahroplasty will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet, or other facial wrinkles. It is often done along with other procedures such as laser resurfacing, filler injections, or forehead lifts.

Procedure

Eyelid surgery or blepahroplasty reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. The eyelid shape is altered in a positive way by fatinjections or removing of fat.

Length

Approximately one to three hours. The length of the operation depends whether it is a upper or a lower blepharoplasty.

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia with sedation and / or local is used normally. Sometimes general anesthesia is used too.

Inpatient/Outpatient

This is an outpatient procedure.

Possible Side Effects

Temporary discomfort, feeling of “tightness” in the eyelid area, swelling or bruising. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for the first few weeks should be expected. Temporary dryness,
burning, or itching of eyes may also occur but these side effects are rare.

Risks

Temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, dry eyes, formation of whiteheads, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, difficulty in closing eyes completely (which is rarely permanent) and a lowered position of the lower eyelid of the lower lids which may require further surgery. Permanent loss of vision is a risk but this is
extremely rare.

Recovery

The patient may begin reading after few hours and can expect to return to work at approximately five to ten days. Use of contact lens may be resumed after two weeks (upon re-evaluation by the
physician). More strenuous activities may be resumed after three weeks. Bruising and swelling should be gone after several weeks.

Results

For some, this procedure will last several years and for others it may be permanent.