Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a common procedure used primarily to combat the signs of aging. Blepharoplasty corrects wrinkles, bags, heavy lids, and even can help improve peripheral vision. Desired outcomes of the surgery are generally a more youthful and ‘awake’ look.
This is achieved by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue. The surrounding muscles and tendons are also reinforced to achieve the desired look. External incisions are made along the natural lines of the eyelid skin. Skin and fat is then removed. Because the incision follows the natural curve of the eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.
Following the surgery, blurred or double vision for a few days is not uncommon. Temporary swelling at the corner of the eyelids results in the difficulty of closing the eyes, but as the swelling subsides, this goes away. Usually after one week, patients return to the hospital to remove sutures. The recuperation period one to two weeks, and wounds completely heal within three months.
Most patients opt to have eyelid surgery performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a browlift, facelift, or skin resurfacing. When done collectively, virtually all patients are rewarded with superior results.