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Eyelid Surgery

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Aesthetic eyelid surgery, or “blepharoplasty”, is an operation to remove excess skin and fat on upper and lower eyelids. It can reduce conditions that give an individual a tired appearance, such as wrinkled folds of skin on upper eyelids, bags under the eyes, and sagging eyebrows. Reconstructive blepharoplasty can be performed to correct these conditions.

How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Eyelid surgery is performed under IV sedation. You will sleep through the entire operation. Eyelid surgery is usually performed first on the upper lid and then the lower lid. In both areas, underlying compartments of fat will be removed. Incisions in the upper and lower eyelids are made following natural lines and creases. Working through the incisions, the skin is separated from underlying fatty tissue and muscle. All pull is placed on the underlying muscles, which are repositioned. The skin is then smoothly draped over the muscles, giving a soft appearance to the surface and thus avoiding a pulled look. Exposed fat and excess skin are removed. Melting sutures are used, thus avoiding having to remove them. Once healed, the hairline scars will fade and become barely visible within six to eight weeks. Following surgery, moist gauze dressings will be applied to the eyes. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the procedure usually lasts approximately one hour. In some cases the surgery may last longer.*

What Is The Recovery Period?

After surgery, there is some slight soreness and discomfort. You will be asked to keep your head slightly elevated and apply cold compresses to your eyes to help reduce swelling and bruising. Steri-strips are applied after surgery and are usually removed on the eve of surgery or on the following day.*

Eyelid skin, being thin, tends to swell and discolor rapidly after surgery. However, the sutures are dissolved or melt away within a week of surgery, swelling and black and blue discoloration will mostly subside in a few days.* Residual bruising can be covered by light makeup. Another postoperative effect of short duration could be sensitivity to bright lights or occasional dryness.

Although you will be up and about the day after surgery, we will advise you on the proper schedule for resuming your normal routine. To permit proper healing, you should avoid overactivity and refrain from bending over for two to three weeks. Wearing of dark glasses to protect the eyes from wind and sun irritation is suggested for two to three weeks. The decision on when to return to work depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. If bruising is not of any concern. Patients may return in two to four days.*

Where Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Eyelid surgery is well-suited to our AAAHC Accredited office Outpatient SurgiCenter (very private) and is less expensive than hospital or public SurgiCenters. Houston eyelid surgery patients are able to go home without undue difficulty after the procedure. Patients are required to rest quietly for a day or so after the surgery but this can easily be carried out at home.*

What Are the Risks?

Thousands of eyelid surgeries are successfully performed each year. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and specific risks associated with this surgery. Post-operative complications such as infection, bleeding or eye problems are rare. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely following our advice on follow-up care during the healing process.

*Results may vary for different patients and are not guaranteed. Contact our office to schedule a personalized consultation to determine if you are a good candidate.

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