Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty surgery removes excess skin and fat pads from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The muscles that support and animate the eye may also be tightened or re-positioned. This procedure can rejuvenate puffy, sagging, or tired looking eyes; and can help the eyes feel less heavy. It also helps create a brighter, more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty may be performed in conjunction with browlift, facelift, or necklift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Incisions for blepharoplasty are placed within the natural creases surrounding the eyes. They may also extend outwards into the “laughline” next to the eye in some cases.
Though rare, post-operative complications are possible. These may include bleeding, infection, blurred vision, ectropion (pulling down of the lower lid), chemosis (swelling/edema of the conjunctiva), or difficulty closing the eyes when going to sleep. Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the surgical site(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure, explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits; and VECTRA® 3D imaging. VISIA® skin analysis may also be performed for patients considering facelift surgery.
Anesthesia: Monitored Sedation or Local Anesthetic
Length: Approximately 1-2 hours
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you. You cannot be alone for 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend having someone available to drive you to your post-op appointment(s). You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure. Lash extensions must be removed prior to surgery.
Moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort are to be expected. You may also find your eyes feel irritated or sensitive. You will be seen in office by our postoperative nurses around day 5-7 post-op, and additionally as needed. They will assist you with incision care, suture removal, and assessment of the surgical site; and will advise on long-term care and expectations. Makeup can be applied after incisions have fully healed (typically 2-3 weeks). You must refrain from strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting, and any activities where your head is below your heart, for about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goals of cosmetic plastic surgery are improvement and rejuvenation, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately three months after surgery for assessment and postoperative photographs.
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