Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat, skin and muscle to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy eye bags. The procedure has both aesthetic and functional purposes, the former having to do with achieving more energetic looking eyes, and the latter, with correcting visual field defects.
Good candidates for this procedure are those with loose skin that sag and cover the natural fold of their upper eyelids, those with puffy upper and lower eyelids resulting from the formation of eye bags, as well as those with deep creases under their eyes. For these individuals, eyelid surgery may be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both, depending on their respective conditions.
Before the procedure is performed, the patient must undergo a preparatory evaluation with his or her surgeon, who will decide the amount of skin, fat and/or muscle to be removed, as well as identify the precise areas that will be administered the treatment while keeping scar visibility to a minimum. This is crucial to achieve natural-looking results.
When the treatment is obtained to correct visual field defects, it may be covered by insurance.
The first step is always to see your Doctor.
Usually done under local anesthesia
Patients may resume reading after to 2 or 3 days, and may get back to work after 7 to 10 days.
Contact lenses may not be worn until after two weeks or more
Strenuous activities as well as alcohol consumption may only be resumed after about 3 weeks after.
Bruising and swelling are expected to be gone as early as 1 week to several weeks.