What is an Eyelid Surgery?
Drooping eyelids, though common with time and age, can cause wrinkles, vision impairment, bags and an undesirable appearance. Visible signs of aging around the eyes can be reversed with an eyelid surgery by removing excess skin and fat above and around the eyes and tightening surrounding muscles.
Through this procedure, candidates will feel confident knowing that the sparkle has been restored to their eyes.
Who is an Eyelid Surgery Candidate?
Both men and women struggling with loose or drooping skin around the eyelids qualify for this procedure. Potential candidates may also experience deep grooves between the eyelids and cheeks, and excess skin or fat around the eyes.
Eyelid Surgery Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op
How do I prepare for my Eyelid Surgery?
All eyelid surgeries are performed at outpatient centers. Patients can expect local anesthesia to be used for the upper eyelids, and IV sedation or general anesthesia for lower eyelids.
This procedure takes between 30 minutes to 2 hours, and patients should arrange to have someone drive them home after the procedure.
What happens during an Eyelid Surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, anesthesia is administered prior to the surgery.
Incisions will be made above and below the eyelids through the inside of the eyelid and below the eyelash line. Incisions are made to remove excess skin and fat. When the excess is removed, the incisions are sutured and dressed for optimal results.
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What is the Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process?
Though no bandages will be administered, a cold compress should be applied to the eyelids for 10 minutes every hour for the first two days. When applied, the cold compress should reduce any bruising or swelling that may accompany your procedure, though some bruising and swelling may take 10 days to 2 weeks to fade.
After your procedure, it is encouraged to stay marginally active, though it’s recommended to take it easy on your eyelids. During the first few months, you should avoid alcohol, steam baths and saunas.
After 5-7 days, your stitches will be removed.
What are the Risks of an Eyelid Surgery?
Though rare, there are a few risks associated with this procedure. Patients may experience:
- Infections or reactions to the anesthesia
- Inability to close the eyes completely
- Minor malpositions of the lower eyelids
- Delayed/poor healing (common with smokers)
If you have any additional questions or concerns with the risks of the procedure, please talk to Dr. Paydar prior to your appointment.