What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure to correct defects or deformities of the eyelids and surrounding areas. Don’t worry, it isn’t as scary as it sounds. The procedure can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours and you’ll be sedated the entire time. This is generally an outpatient procedure, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards. You will likely be groggy and have some swelling around your eyes.
The eyes are a sensitive area, but complications from this procedure are rare and most patients go on to have a speedy recovery. Issues that do occur are generally minor and resolve themselves fairly quickly.
Who Should Get Eyelid Surgery?
Are you experiencing any of the following issues?
- Excess skin around the eye area
- Bags or dark circles under the eye
- Puffy, tired looking upper eyelids
- Drooping lower eyelids
If so, eyelid surgery could help give a more youthful, healthy appearance to the eyes. You may even notice improved vision when you remove excess skin from your upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery is often done in combination with a brow lift, and with these two simple procedures you can dramatically alter the appearance of your face for the better.
What is the recovery period like?
Blepharoplasty is a fairly minor procedure, though its lengthy name may imply otherwise. Recovery usually takes around ten days. During recovery you’ll need to be careful to avoid putting any unnecessary strain on your eyes. That means avoiding computers, televisions books, or anything that heavily relies on your vision. Things that increase blood flow to the eyes, like exercise, are similarly discouraged. You should also wear dark tinted glasses and stay away from natural light as much as possible.
After the ten day recovery period you’ll be able to return to your normal life, but you may not notice the full impact of the procedure for a few weeks. The results generally speak for themselves, and few people look at their new, more youthful eyes and regret having the procedure.
Interested in learning more about eyelid surgeries? Contact us at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today. Dr. DeMercurio is a licensed surgeon with more than 9 years of experience in reconstructive cosmetic surgery.