Heredity, age and sun damage can adversely affect your eyes. Excess puffy skin, herniation of fat, lax muscle tone and skin discoloration result in a tired look. Eyelid surgery can distinctly improve and rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes.
While eyelid surgery is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, in some case, it can improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision. This condition is called eyelid ptosis and may be covered by insurance at times.
Incisions are made in inconspicuous places, such as the creases of the upper lids. Excess skin, muscle and fat are removed. The incision is closed with very fine sutures. Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia or in combination with sedation. It typically takes 1 to 2 hours.
Incisions will be made just below the lashes. Dr. Sabry prefers to reposition fat in the lower eyelids rather than remove it; to avoid a “hollow” appearance postoperatively.
In cases where no skin needs to be removed, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.
Your stitches will be removed four days after surgery. Most people return to work in ten days or fewer. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. Eyes can be sensitive to light and wind and may be slightly irritated for a short while; eye drops and cool compresses help to alleviate these discomforts. Complications from the procedure are uncommon.
A properly performed blepharoplasty will not alter your appearance dramatically; rather it will give you a rested, refreshed and very natural look.
Blepharoplasty may be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures such as endoscopic browlift, facelift, fillers, neurotoxins, chemical peels or laser resurfacing.