Eyelid Surgery Healing Process
When we meet others, the eyes are the first feature of our face that people notice. In men and women, the eyes can also be the first feature to show our age. With time, the upper and lower eyelids can develop excess skin and excess fatty deposits producing a tired, sad countenance. Not only can excess skin give a tired, droopy appearance but folds of excess upper lid skin can hang down to impair vision and can make applying makeup more difficult. The excess upper lid skin can also be due to a sagging forehead and eyebrows which should be evaluated before surgery. Brow lift is frequently combined with upper lid surgery to provide the needed lift for a refreshed and revitalized look. Protrusion of fat in both upper and lower lids produces a bulging, baggy appearance. This may first be apparent only on awakening, but with age, can extend throughout the day. Sometimes an inherited trait, younger persons, even in their 20s, may have this puffy look.
36-year-old woman wished rejuvenation of the fullness of the lower eyelids. She underwent lower eyelid transconjunctival blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) for fat removal with lower eyelid subciliary (under the lash line) skin pinch excision. She reported having no pain after the procedure, and a swift recovery. Watch her video testimonial below!
36-year-old woman wanted improvement of the bagginess of her lower eyelids. After consultation with Dr. Zemplenyi, she underwent a transconjuctival lower eyelid lift, which involves removing fat through the inside of the lower lid. The excess skin was removed with a skin “pinch” through an incision under the lash line.
Swelling and bruising is seen in the lower lid area from the small collection of blood after surgery. The incision under the lashes is barely visible. An antibiotic ointment is applied over the incision line. The patient is comfortable without using pain medication. The patient can take part in every day activities.
The swelling and bruising seen on day 2 is gradually resolving and the incision line is healing. The suture has now been removed.
By two weeks, the swelling and bruising is almost gone except for a small amount remaining under the left eye. Any bruising is easily camouflaged with cover-up make-up.
The lower lid lift (blepharoplasty) has achieved the patient’s goal of improving the bagginess under the lower lids. The incisions under the lash line of the lower lid have become imperceptible. Her eyes have healed and the patient is pleased with her rejuvenated and refreshed look.