An eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure preformed to remove the excess skin and fat from the upper & lower eyelids. Generally, eyelids are the first area of the face to show signs of aging. Most commonly, a good candidate for blepharoplasty has one or more of the following concerns:
- Excess fat and skin in the lower lids resulting in puffiness (bags) & dark circles underneath the eyes.
- Excess loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelid creating a tired or sometimes sad & droopy look.
- Vision impairing issues related to hanging upper eyelid skin.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation, Dr. Anton will address your areas of concern and educate you on the procedure.
Planning a convenient time to have eyelid surgery is usually the most difficult part of the process for the patient. It is ideal to plan this procedure approximately eight weeks or more (the more time the better) before an important event such as a wedding, holiday or reunion. The majority of bruising and swelling will subside within 2-3 weeks.
About the Procedure
This procedure is preformed under a general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours for upper and lower eyelids. Incisions are strategically placed along the crease of the upper eyelid and along the lash line on the lower eyelids. Once the incisions have healed, scars are virtually invisible.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling tired and groggy. Bruising and swelling will occur immediately after surgery and gradually subside throughout the healing process. Eyelid surgery is one the least painful surgeries. It is normal for eyes to feel tight. Mild discomfort and minimal pain can be expected; however, this is usually alleviated with a prescription pain medication. Overall, most patients feel their eyelid surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4 to 5 days. Sutures will be removed 5 to 7 days after surgery.