Droopy eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty as it is medically termed, is essentially an operation that removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from around the eyelids offering a more rested, youthful appearance. As people naturally age, the eye muscles loosen and for some people it results in bags and puffiness which not only causes a person to look older, but in some cases can even lead to an obstruction in their vision. While there are certainly cosmetic advantages of blepharoplasty, it can also improve peripheral vision.
Common reasons a person may elect Blepharoplasty:
- Droopiness causes vision impairments
- Droopy lower eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Excess skin on lower lids
What to Expect
A person who undergoes droopy eyelid surgery should understand the process from start to finish. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. If the plastic surgeon is operating on the upper lid, then the doctor will cut along the fold of the eye and remove the unnecessary skin or muscle before suturing the cut. If the surgeon is operating on the lower lid, then he or she will cut along the natural crease in your eye and removes the excess skin or muscle before closure. The procedure can generally be completed in two hours or less barring no complications.
After droopy eyelid surgery, patients may experience the following:
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Double vision
Of course, you should make arrangements for travel following the operation as you will likely experience side effects as listed above.
Recovery from Droopy Eyelid Surgery
Recovery time for patients may vary slightly. However, most people achieve their desired results with limited scarring after about six months of recovery time. While some patients will never have to undergo a future operation, some people experience sagging again over a period of time and must repeat the procedure for desired results.
Tips to help with recovery:
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Protect your eyes from harsh light
- Don’t smoke
- Keep your eyes clean
- Take proper medication that is prescribed
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Don’t wear contacts for at least two weeks
- Apply compresses to help reduce swelling and bruising
- Attend all follow-up appointments
- Contact your doctor if you experience excessive pain, fever, or unrelenting swelling
Many people can return to normal activity a few days following their surgery. However, it is important that you regain full vision before driving a car or operating other machinery.
Is Droopy Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
This type of procedure can be performed for either cosmetic or medical need. No matter what the reason may be, droopy eyelid surgery can provide you relief and confidence that may last a lifetime. It is important to consult with Dr. Ennis, a board certified plastic surgeon about your options and to best determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.