Eyelid surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the United States. About 100,000 individuals per year choose eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, as well as to improve their vision. Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery can repaid drooping eyelids that can reduce your vision, and make you look older.
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.
This surgical procedure removed excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper eyelids and also the lower eyelids if necessary. The main goal of surgery is to help you restore your full range of vision. On a cosmetic level, surgery will also improve your appearance so you’ll no longer have to go through life looking tired or aged prematurely.
Whether you have upper or lower eyelid surgery, tiny incisions are made along existing lines and creases of your lids to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible after they heal. Tiny sutures are used to seal the incisions to further decrease the chances of any scarring.
Once completed, small sterile bandaging may be applied by your eye surgeon. While it is not necessary for the eyes to be covered in every case, an ointment will be used to prevent any dryness of the eye area from occurring after surgery.
To promote recovery and healing, cold compresses are recommended, as well as keeping your head elevated when you are laying down. Some pain medication can be prescribed depending on the level of your discomfort.
You can expect some swelling and slight bruising after surgery. However, these things will subside as the surgical area heals. For the first week and a half after your surgery, you will want to gently clean the eye area. Eyedrops can also be prescribed in some cases. Your doctor will tell you which activities and places you should be avoiding during the healing process. In 3 to 5 days, permanent stitches will be removed. If self-absorbing stitches were used, no removal will be required.
At Quigley Eye Specialists, your doctor will check in and schedule follow-up appointment to ensure recovery is going smoothly, leaving you with fully restored vision and a more alert, youthful appearance!
Quigley Eye Specialists are proud to offer “Bladeless Blepharoplasty” performed by our experienced eye surgeon, Dr. Michael Lewis. This technique allows surgery to be completed without a scalpel, resulting in less bruising and a speedier recovery.