Eyelid surgery, when performed appropriately, can offer dramatic results, creating a more youthful appearance of the eyes. If you have sagging upper eyelid skin, or “bags” beneath your eyes, a blepharoplasty will remove the excess skin and fat around your eyes to reveal a younger, more rested look.
The incisions for blepharoplasty are designed to sit in the natural skin crease of the upper eyelid and just below the lash line in the lower eyelid. Excess fat and skin are then removed. If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through a similar procedure called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This procedure involves making an incision inside the lower lids and results in no external incision or scar.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed in our on-site surgical center under light intravenous anesthesia. All sutures are removed within 4-6 days of surgery. Any initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication. It is common for patients to have some bruising around the eyes and sensitivity to light for a week or two following the procedure. The majority of the swelling from eyelid surgery progressively disappears over the several weeks. Eye makeup can be applied after the sutures are removed to help camouflage any postoperative bruising. Contact lenses can be worn when the patient is comfortable which is usually within 7-10 days.
To learn more about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), please contact Dr. Robert Hillstrom and Dr. Harry Wright at Hillstrom Facial Plastic Surgery today.