Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the eye area of the face. It often involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can help correct signs of aging and the “tired look” of drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes. A forehead lift is commonly performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty to improve the overall appearance of the eyes. Blepharoplasty is often combined with other cosmetic procedures as well, such as facelift and/or fat grafting to the face to surgically enhance the appearance of the face. This procedure is commonly performed on both men and women.
The eyelid surgery procedure is performed through hidden incisions within the natural creases of the upper eyelid, below the lash line of the lower eyelids, or inside the eyelid itself without skin incisions. The location of scars will vary depending on your needs. Recovery from blepharoplasty usually requires a week off work and two weeks for any bruising to subside.
How do you reduce bruising after eyelid surgery?
Patients can minimize their risk for bleeding and bruising by following our pre-operative instructions regarding medications to avoid. We recommend patients avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and more. We also encourage patients to eliminate alcohol consumption in the week prior to surgery. These are easy measures to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising as much as possible.
Why is my vision blurry after a blepharoplasty?
Postoperative blurry vision is largely due to the lubricating eye drops we recommend for patients. This ophthalmic ointment is used post-operatively to avoid excessive drying of the eyes, and it can sometimes cause incidental blurred vision. We typically recommend using this ointment for about 3-5 days after surgery.