What does eyelid surgery do?
Eyelid surgery reduces prominent under-eye bags and removes the tired, aged, and droopy appearance from the upper face, leaving it looking more youthful and attractive. In many cases, blepharoplasty can also help restore a wider range of vision and peripheral vision that was previously blocked by sagging skin tissue.
How long is the surgery?
Blepharoplasty can usually be completed in under two hours.
What anesthesia is used in blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is typically done under local anesthesia with IV sedation.
How do I prepare for surgery?
If you smoke, stop for as long before and after the surgery as possible, with 2 weeks being an ideal minimum. You should also cease taking certain medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain herbal supplements. Wear comfortable clothing, but do not wear lotion, perfume or makeup. Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before your surgery. Have a friend or family member either on call or attend the surgery with you as you will be unable to drive home afterward.
How long is recovery?
Patients will return home after surgery when the anesthesia has worn off. Recovery is most strenuous immediately after surgery and pain medication will be prescribed. Patients often return to their regular activities within a week when sutures are removed. Full recovery often occurs within a month, with only very minor swelling (if any) still visible.