Eyelid surgery can help most anyone with drooping skin around the eyes look younger and even see better. Called Blepharoplasty by plastic surgeons, this procedure has become more common and less complicated in recent years. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that most eyelid surgeries, which can involve the top or bottom eyelid or both lids, correct sagging skin, wrinkling and fatty deposits around the eyes that cause an excessively aged look and even impair eyesight depending on how far skin sags into the field of vision.
Most eye surgeries of this cosmetic/medical nature are done within the hospital setting with the patient undergoing conscious sedation or general anesthesia depending on what the physician feels is best for the patient. Incisions are usually made within the natural folds of the upper lid, minimizing and hiding the resulting sutures and scars. The lower lid is cut along the line of the eyelashes.
Procedures usually last no more than 1 to 2 hours and are considered day surgeries with the patient going home after a short time in the recovery room. At home, care can include ice to reduce swelling and bruising, artificial tears to counteract dry eye and over the counter analgesics to relieve discomfort. Stitches are removed in 3 to 5 days. Complete recovery from Blepharoplasty may take 1 to 2 weeks, and doctors urge patients to limit strenuous activity during that time.
While any kind of eye surgery should not be taken lightly, both surgeons and patients alike commend Blepharoplasty as it corrects obstructed vision and helps people feel better about their appearance. Dr. Patt and his team can help you decide if eyelid surgery is right for you. Schedule a consultation today!