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Tired of looking tired? Always being asked if you are awake? Your eyelids may be telling people a story without you saying a word…
Our eyelids are essential to our vision and play a significant part in defining our beauty. However, over time age, environment, genetics, and life take their collective toll. This results in changes to the tone, texture, and elasticity of the skin and, in some cases, to the muscles of the eyelid.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States today. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. In some cases, the upper eyelids may impair your vision or peripheral vision. In these cases, the surgery may be covered by your medical insurance. During your consultation, the goals of surgery are discussed, and it is important that surgical expectations are realistic.
Blepharoplasty is performed in an operating room setting using local anesthetic often supplemented with IV sedation or general anesthesia. IV sedation is similar to anesthesia during a routine colonoscopy. The procedure typically takes 45 minutes to 1 hour for upper blepharoplasty and 90 minutes for lower blepharoplasty. These procedures may be combined with other functional or cosmetic procedures which may extend the surgical duration.
During your recovery from eyelid surgery, antibiotic ointment and cool compresses may be applied to help limit potential swelling and bruising. You will be provided with specific instructions to care for your eyelids, medications to apply or take orally, and potential limitations on physical activity. Initial healing may include swelling, bruising, foreign body sensation, dry eyes, itchiness and little to no pain. Symptoms are often managed with oral/topical medications and cool compresses. Bruising tends to resolve in 7 to 10 days and swelling continues to improve. Most patients are able to return to full activity in 2 to 3 weeks. However, it may take several months to achieve a final result.
Overall, eyelid surgery may provide YOU with a significant functional and aesthetic improvement. It is a relatively pain-free procedure with little down time that allows you to return to your life as the new YOU!