You don’t have to live with puffy bags and drooping upper eyelids which can cause you to look older or even obstruct your vision. These issues can be corrected. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess fat, skin and muscle from the lower and upper eyelids. Many people stand to benefit from this procedure, with the best candidates being people who come to their consultation healthy and leave with realistic expectations.
It’s important for patients to understand the limits of blepharoplasty. It will be able to change the appearance of your eyes, but it may not have the exact effect you expect. It’s important to discuss your expectations with the surgeon and only decide to move forward when you have carefully considered all of the information.
Though eyelid surgery is only a short, outpatient procedure, there are necessary precautions to take before and after. Because your eyes will be bandaged, you will need to schedule a ride from the office and it’s highly recommended to have someone who can stay with you for the night. Temporary discomfort, lid tightening, bruising, swelling, dryness, burning, itching, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light are side effects of the surgery and can last for the first few weeks. Results of the surgery can be expected to last several years.
Blepharoplasty comes with some risks which can be heightened by certain medical conditions, including hypothyroidism and Graves disease, circulatory disorders such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.