BLEPHAROPLASTY / EYELID LIFT SURGERY FAQs
How Eyelid Surgery is Performed
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia but it could also be done under local anesthesia with some sedation.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Usually the incision begins at the natural crease at the inside corner of the eye and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow’s feet or laugh lines. Excess fatty tissue and skin are removed and the site is closed so it is well-camouflaged when healed.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
The incision is usually just below the lower lashes. Excess fatty tissue, skin and sometimes muscle are removed. Then the site is closed in to be well-camouflaged when healed. When no skin removal is necessary and only fat removal is desired, the technique is used. In this technique the incision is made on the inside of the eyelid and no external scars are present.
What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery
There is usually little pain associated with this type of surgery. Swelling and bruising and of the eyelids varies with each patient and is usually slight. Most of the swelling and bruising is gone within five to ten days, but it is not unusual for the discoloration to last longer. To help minimize some of the symptoms, sleep with your head elevated and in a reclined position. Do not lay flat. Cold compresses may be applied.
Downtime After Eyelid Surgery
Work and social activities are usually curtailed for a period of three to ten days following surgery. Driving may be resumed in two to three days. Most people are back to desk work after a long weekend. Working out may be resumed after two to six weeks.