Surgery of the Eyelids
Every year, one hundred thousand men and women choose eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, to either improve their vision or to improve the way they look, or both. Droopy eyelids can impair your vision and can also make you look older, tired and less alert.
Blepharoplasty can correct these problems.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin from the upper lids and perhaps the lower lids as well. The primary goal of the procedure is to restore your full field of vision – to “raise the curtain” that has been progressively drooping down over the years and gradually blocking more and more of your vision. A secondary goal is to improve your appearance so you don’t look tired, worn-out or sleepy.
Understanding The Surgery
In upper eyelid surgery, the eye surgeon first marks the individual lines and creases of your lids in order to keep the tiny suture lines which he will make as invisible as possible, along your natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Very fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.
If you also have lower eyelid surgery, your eye surgeon makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lashline and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures.
At Quigley Eye Specialists, Michael Lewis, M.D. performs “Bladeless Blepharoplasty” which is a surgical technique that does not use a scalpel to remove the excess eyelid skin.
With Bladeless Blepharoplasty, Dr. Lewis uses a special, energized stylus to gently remove the excess skin which results in less bruising and a faster recovery time compared to traditional techniques.
What To Expect After The Surgery
Immediately after the surgery has been completed, your eye surgeon may apply tiny sterile bandages. It is not crucial that the eyes be covered, however, an ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area may be used. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. In addition, your doctor may prescribe medication for discomfort.
A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. You should expect this swelling and bruising. It will subside and go away over several weeks from the date of your procedure so you should plan accordingly. For a week and a half following blepharoplasty, you will clean the eye area (the eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy). Eyedrops may be recommended. Your doctor will also list activities and environments to avoid in the weeks immediately following surgery. Permanent stitches will be removed in three to five days after surgery. Self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.
Your doctor and staff will see you several times after the procedure to monitor your progress and share in the pleasure of restoring your full field of vision!