The eyes are the first areas on the face to show signs of aging. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, improves the shape of the upper and lower eyelids to restore a more rejuvenated, alert, and rested look.
Eyelid surgery removes excess fat, skin, and muscle to correct drooping upper eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags, and to downsize large folds that can obstruct vision. A outpatient procedure, blepharoplasty lasts between 1 and 3 hours under local anesthesia with sedation, or occasionally general anesthesia. If used to correct visual field defects, upper eyelid surgery may be covered under some health insurance policies.
Possible risks of eyelid surgery can include temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, formation of whiteheads, a slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, difficulty in closing the eyes completely (rarely permanent), a downward pull to the lower lids (which may require further surgery), or blindness (extremely rare). If you're considering eyelid surgery, it's important to discuss the procedure carefully with your plastic surgeon to ensure the best options for your needs, expectations, and goals.
Improvements from eyelid surgery are permanent, though they may take a few weeks of healing to fully emerge. Blepharoplasty patients may return to work within 7 to 10 days after the surgery, but should avoid reading for 2 or 3 days following the procedure, and refrain from wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks. Patients will also need to avoid strenuous activities and alcohol for about 3 weeks. Temporary side effects during recovery can include discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising, dryness, burning, itching eyes, excessive tearing, or sensitivity to light for first few weeks. Bruising and swelling from the surgery may take several weeks to completely disappear. Discover a new, rejuvenated you! Visit our blog to learn more about eyelid surgery, or contact Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery today to schedule a consultation.