Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty surgery is performed to correct excess skin and drooping of the upper eyelids, and/or bags under the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty removes skin and excess fat from the upper eyelid to recreate a youthful eyelid and improve the tired-looking appearance that excess skin can cause. Lower blepharoplasty corrects excess skin and bags under the eyes, rejuvenating the eye area and giving you a fresher, more youthful appearance. Sometimes upper eyelid lift surgery (upper blepharoplasty) is covered by certain insurance companies, when lid drooping interferes with vision.
What to expect: The Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Procedure
Upper blepharoplasty can be done in the office or in the operating room under minimal to no sedation and with local anesthesia. Lower blepharoplasty is done with full sedation (general anesthesia). If done together, the surgery is done under full sedation, with the required recovery period after surgery, as an outpatient procedure. After surgery, you should rest for 1-2 days with your head elevated at all times. Your sutures will be removed five days after surgery. You will need to avoid contact lenses for one week after surgery, and makeup for 2-3 weeks after surgery (until your incisions are fully healed). You should avoid strenuous exercise for approximately one month after surgery to minimize bruising and swelling.