Blepharoplasty is usually considered by men and women age 30 and over and can correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. The results last for several years and may even be permanent.
Eyelid Surgery is usually an outpatient surgery with preparations and procedure encompassing one to two hours. Anesthesia is often a local with sedation, or in some cases general anesthesia may be recommended. Temporary discomfort, tightness of the lids, swelling and bruising should be expected as well as temporary dryness, burning and itching of the eyes. Also, excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for the first week.
Our patients are usually reading again in 2 to 3 days and back to work in 7 to 10 days. (Bruising and swelling will diminish in several weeks.) Contact lens wearers will have to wait two weeks or more and strenuous activity and alcohol should be avoided for about 3 weeks.
Side Effects & Risks
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Formation of whiteheads. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent).Pulling down of the lower lids (may require surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).