Eyelid Surgery

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is done to help improve the appearance of either the upper or lower eyelids, or in many cases, both. Small incisions are made and the eyelid muscles are adjusted in order to remove wrinkles, lines and sagging skin that may have developed over time. The technical name for eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty.

What does an Eyelid Surgery accomplish?

Eyelid surgery is commonly used to help improve the appearance of eyelids by making it appear as though a patient's eyelids are not as old. This technique can also be helpful in making it appear that the patient is better rested or more fully awake.

Who is a candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

The successful eyelid surgery patient will be an adult who is done with growth and development. This patient must also be deemed healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure without risk of other health problems developing. This typically means that the patient must pass a general health inspection and must also be free of certain preexisting health conditions. If you are interested in obtaining this surgery, consult with your cosmetic surgeon and eyelid specialist for more information and a checkup.

How is an Eyelid Surgery performed?

The procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia. This is often done locally so that the patient will not need to be put unconscious. However, general anesthesia is relatively common for use in this type of operation as well. A single incision is made for each eye that is to be operated on. The incision is typically done in a location where it will be naturally hidden by the folds of the skin, so as to reduce the risk of scarring. At this point, the procedure involves the repositioning of tissue within the eyelid, the removal of excess skin, and the adjustment and tightening of the eyelid muscles to ensure a proper appearance. The incisions are then closed.

What is the recovery like?

The recuperation for this procedure involves a period of two to three weeks, in most cases. The patient will have to carefully clean and dress the incision area during this time. The patient will also be given antibiotics to help prevent infection, and pain medicines to help reduce the discomfort.

What are the risks of Eyelid Surgery?

There are minimal risks associated with an eyelid procedure when it is performed correctly. However, because it does involve close proximity to the eye, a highly developed and sensitive part of the body, it bears keeping in mind that there are potentially serious risks involved. It's possible for surgeries done incorrectly to result in damage to the eye, which may result in other eye problems or even loss of vision. Patients may suffer from a negative reaction to the anesthesia or to any of the medicines used during the recovery period.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

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