What Can I Expect From An Eyelid Surgery?

What Can I Expect From An Eyelid Surgery?

woman pointing finger to her eyeThe eyelid surgery at Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. is a safe and effective procedure performed by our board-certified surgeons to address a variety of eyelid issues including:

  • Drooping Eyelids (Blepharoptosis)
  • Excess Lower Eyelid Skin (Lower Blepharoplasty)
  • Excess Upper Eyelid Skin (Upper Blepharoplasty)
  • Dark Circles Under Eye (Periorbital Fat Removal)
  • Fullness in Lower Eyelids (Fat Grafting)
  • Loss of Eyelid Definition (Midface Lifting)

If you’re considering eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, it’s important to know what to expect so you can decide if this procedure is right for you.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Eyelid surgery is a procedure to change the look of your eyes. It can be done to improve the appearance of droopy eyelids, swollen bags under the eyes, or excess skin that causes bags under the eyes. Eyelid surgery can also help relieve symptoms caused by allergies and dry eye.

Eyelid surgery is a simple procedure that lasts about an hour. Before the procedure begins, you’ll be given anesthesia to numb your face and prevent pain during the procedure. Then a small incision will be made near your eyelashes to allow access to the inside of your eyelids.

The number of incisions depends on what needs to be done and varies from patient to patient. After this first step, an artificial implant called a bolster or tacking suture may be used to help lift up sagging eyelids so they look more natural again. The surgeon will then use small stitches (sutures) in your eyelid creases to hold everything in place and make sure everything heals properly.

A typical eyelid surgery takes about 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of the procedure. Some procedures may require multiple steps over several days or weeks.

Post-Op Instructions

You should expect some swelling and bruising after surgery, but this is normal and should decrease within a few weeks. Your eye may be sensitive to light for up to 10 days after your procedure, so you should avoid bright lights and wear sunglasses if possible. You will also have pressure in your eyes from the gas used during the procedure until it dissipates naturally within 7-10 days after surgery.

Call Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. at 314-567-3567 today!

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