Blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid surgery) is performed to cosmetically and functionally to rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure leaves patients looking younger, more alert and refreshed.

As we age, the skin and muscle associated with the eyelids becomes loose, making us look more old and tired than we actually are. The upper eyelids droop while the lower lids start to become puffy and look like permanent “bags.” This can start to happen in your 30’s or 40’s – gasp!

Thankfully a blepharoplasty is a relatively quick procedure that will permanently rescue your “tired all the time” look.

 

 

 

What is It?

Surgery to remove sagging upper eyelids and/or to remove puffiness under the eyes.

Cost: $$

Downtime:

3 weeks

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Who is it for?

Adults that would like to look more awake and refreshed.

The Results

Treatment Instructions

Pre-treatment Instructions for Blepharoplasty ("Eyelid Tuck")

Prior to surgery, I may request that you obtain medical clearance from your general physician. Before your surgery, I will perform a simple eye examination in the office, and may request a more complete ophthalmologic consultation as well.

 

Before Surgery:

  • Two weeks prior to your surgery avoid taking any new medication unless prescribed by your physician and cleared by me. This includes over-the-counter medication.
  • Do not take any aspirin or other anti-inflammatory products (i.e., Advil, Ibuprofen) for two weeks prior to surgery.
  • Smoking interferes with wound healing and is strongly discouraged.

Post-treatment Instructions for Blepharoplasty ("Eyelid Tuck")

 

Post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling may be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully. Sometimes the after effects of surgery are quite minimal, so not all these instructions may apply. Common sense will often dictate what you should do. However, when in doubt, follow these guidelines or call our office any time for clarification. The success of the surgery lies in the hands of the patient as well as the surgeon. The best surgeon on earth will not obtain satisfactory results if the patients do not properly care for themselves after surgery. In order to take advantage of all the positive changes associated with the “eyelid tuck” the patient must pay close attention to the recovery process.

 

Immediately Following Surgery:

  • The operation itself may require one to two hours, depending upon the surgical plan.
  • An additional several hours are spent in the recovery area.
  • You must be escorted home after surgery and accompanied to the office for the initial follow up visits by a responsible adult.
  • The first night you should lie on your back with your head elevated on several pillows, keeping cold compresses around your eyes as much as possible. Both of these techniques will help to reduce swelling and allow more rapid recovery.
  • You will be given a prescription for pain medication to use as required.

 

Care

For the first three or four days after surgery, you should limit your activity as much as possible. Sutures are generally removed by the fifth post-operative day. The entire first post-operative week, the eyelids should be handled gently.

During the first several post-operative days careful cleansing two or three times a day helps remove small amounts of dried blood and debris. An antibiotic ointment should be lightly applied after each cleansing. After the sutures have been removed, the eyelids may be carefully washed, and you may begin to apply light make-up after first checking with me. It is not uncommon to experience a transient increase in eye dryness, redness or irritation. This is best treated with artificial tears, which you may purchase at a local pharmacy without a prescription.

 

If you normally wear contacts you should plan to avoid their use for approximately two weeks after surgery.

Start looking the age you feel, today!