Having drooping eyelids is not just a cosmetic condition. In fact, if you have excess skin around your eyes, it can make it difficult to see clearly. Your surgeon may suggest eyelid surgery to correct the issues.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Also known as blepharoplasty, this procedure is often called an eye lift. In actuality, this common term is a misnomer, as the area is not actually lived during the procedure. Instead, excess fat and skin are removed in order to free the area from sagging and excess weight.
This procedure is often performed on the upper lid, but it can also be done on the lower lid as well. Blepharoplasty is often combined with a laser resurfacing procedure that helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles from the eye area.
Why Have Eyelid Surgery?
Excess skin on the upper lids creates a puffy look. It can also be heavy and cause discomfort for you. For those with excessive skin and fat in this area, the lid can droop down over the eye even when it is supposed to be open, blocking vision. The removal of the excess fat and skin clears your vision.
When this procedure is performed on the bottom lid, it is done in order to reduce wrinkles and improve the shape of the area. While fat is often removed from this area, in some cases it is added. This helps the area look less “hollow” after the removal of excess skin.
Preparing for the Procedure
Before any medical procedure, you will need to speak with your physician about the potential risks associated with it. He or she will examine you to ensure you are in good health, and the area is affected enough to justify having this operation. He or she will also speak to you about your expectations for the results of the operation to ensure that they are reasonable.
Your physician will give you a list of things you should do prior to the day of the procedure. It is important for you to follow everything on the preoperative list. Additionally, your doctor provides a list of post-operative instructions for you to review. Ask any questions you have about both sets of instructions before you leave the office.
Recovering from Blepharoplasty
Unlike other procedures, eyelid surgery has a relatively short recovery time. It may take up to 48 hours of using cool compresses to be able to reduce the swelling enough to feel like doing anything. You will have stitches in place covered by a thin bandage, and they are removed after about a week. After the first couple of days, participating in light exercise such as walking can help speed up your recovery time.
Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within 7 to 10 days. Within two weeks, however, you should have little to no bruising or swelling.
Eyelid surgery is a relatively simple procedure. It can make a huge difference in not only how you look, but also how you see.