What Should You Expect from Eyelid Surgery?
The most common effects of aging typically occur around the eyes. We’re talking about wrinkles around the eyes, and it’s probably one of the biggest problems among older people. Over the years, loose or saggy skin can disturb the natural contour of your upper eyelid, making it difficult to see. Loose skin around the eyes can also cause a sad and tired look, which can take its toll on peoples’ self-confidence. To help solve the problem of baggy eyelids, people in Seattle, Bellevue and across the country are opting for an eye surgery procedure called blepharoplasty. Through careful removal of excess skin and fat from both upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can help you look younger, more natural, and feel more self-confident.
Since much of the loose skin is removed from your eyelids, the surgery can also improve your visual field dramatically. Blepharoplasty is a very delicate procedure, and requires superior surgical skills in order to achieve a more natural look in patients.
During the procedure
Depending on the extent, the actual procedure takes about one to two hours. The surgeon begins by injecting a numbing medication around your eyelids. He may also administer intravenous medication to help you relax. During upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along the natural fold of the upper eyelid. In the lower eyelid, an incision can be made just below the lashes or on the inside of the lower lid, therefore leaving no outside scar. The surgeon then removes (or redistributes) excess skin, fat, and some muscle beneath the skin. Finally, the doctor closes the incision with tiny stitches, healing with a barely visible scar on the eyelids
After the procedure
After the procedure, you’ll spend time in a recovery room where you’ll be monitored until you are feeling strong and well enough to go home. This usually occurs within an hour an hour with patients then discharged in the care of a responsible adult. Immediately after the surgery you may experience some increased tearing which lubricating ointment may ease by keeping the eyes moist and comfortable. You can keep the head elevated on several pillows and apply ice packs or cold compresses to your eyes to help reduce swelling. Pain is usually minimal with most people do not need any pain medication. Stitches are removed after about a week. You should also take the following precautions after surgery (and as always, be sure to follow your doctor’s directions): • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, swimming, aerobics, and jogging. • Wear sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind. • Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest. If you experience any problems or have any questions after surgery, Dr. Zemplenyi is available around the clock for his post-operative patients.