Blepharoplasty surgery removes excess skin and fat pads from the upper and lower eyelids. The muscles that support and animate the eye may also be tightened or re-positioned. This procedure can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired looking eyes.
Eyelid surgery can be performed under local or monitored anesthetic. Patients will be asked to rest at home with their head elevated and to use ice packs over the area to minimize swelling and bruising. Sutures will be removed in office at day 5 – 7, while bruising and swelling may persist for 10 – 14 days. Contact lenses may not be worn for 2 weeks post-op. Eyes may be sensitive to light and wind and may be slightly irritated for a short while. Eye drops may be prescribed if needed.
Complications from the procedure are uncommon, but can include hematoma (bleeding), infection, blurred vision, ectropion (pulling down of the lower lid), or difficulty closing the eyes when going to sleep. Any concerns are followed closely and treated as required by Dr. Smith.
Final surgical results are assessed 4 – 6 months after surgery by Dr. Smith and post-operative photographs are usually taken at that time.