Eyelid Surgery Explained

April 30, 2020

The eyelids are one area where aging can begin to become evident as time goes on. That being said, eyelid surgery is an excellent way to turn back the clock and ensure you look like the most refreshed and awake version of yourself. If you’ve started to notice that you look more angry or tired than you really feel, then eyelid surgery can help. Here’s what to know about this option as you schedule your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is designed to remove sagging skin and fat around the eyes. These concerns are a common result of aging and many people begin to experience wrinkles and drooping around the eyes before other areas of the face. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both in order to rejuvenate the eyelids and remove hoods and heaviness from the upper face. Often, eyelid surgery is paired with a brow lift for even more effective anti-aging results.

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

It’s important to have realistic expectations for what eyelid surgery can achieve. Similarly, your plastic surgeon can determine whether a brow lift may be a better option for your goals, since heaviness and sagging in the brows can cause similar cosmetic concerns as sagging eyelids. In some cases, an eyelid lift can be indicated when you’re experiencing vision obstruction because your eyelids hang over your field of view. As with any surgery, you should be in overall good health and able to heal from surgery.

How long is the recovery time for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can come with a short recovery period versus more extensive facial cosmetic surgery procedures like a facelift. You can expect bruising and swelling around your eyes for a few days, but this can be mitigated with ice packs and over-the-counter medications. Most patients have other symptoms like dryness and blurry vision for the first few days after surgery, so your plastic surgeon will ensure you have lubricated eyedrops to use in order to avoid itching or discomfort. It can be helpful to wear sunglasses during your initial recovery as well since eyelid surgery can cause light sensitivity.

After about one week, you’ll be able to return to work and regular activities, although your swelling and bruising can continue to subside for around two weeks. Within one month of surgery, most patients see their final results emerge.

Schedule a Consultation

Eyelid surgery is an excellent way to rejuvenate your look by removing sagging skin and fat around the eyes. To learn more, we invite you to meet with Dr. DiFrancesco by calling our office or filling out our online form.

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