Blepharoplasty is the surgical process of rejuvenating the eyelids. As we age, our eyelids gradually stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess skin and fat can gather above and below the eyelids. This can cause sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags under the eyes. Sagging skin may also disturb the natural contour of the upper eyelid and reduce your peripheral vision.
If you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems, you may be a candidate for blepharoplasty.
What should I expect during surgery?
At Erickson Dermatology, blepharoplasty of the upper lids will take about two hours to complete. Before the procedure, you will be given injections to numb your eyelids. Additional pain management options can also be provided to help you relax during surgery.
After numbing and when you are comfortable, Dr. Erickson will cut along the fold of the upper eyelid to remove excess skin. She will close the cut with tiny dissolving stitches. Post-surgery, staff members will monitor you until you are ready to leave the clinic.
What should I expect after surgery?
Do not drive until you have stopped taking pain medication and no longer have blurry vision. As such, you should plan for someone else to provide transportation for you to get home. You may temporarily experience blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes. Wear sunglasses to protect your skin from sun exposure.
At home, use ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes every hour the night after surgery. Cold compresses will not be as effective after 24 hours. Use your prescribed eye drops or ointments. If needed, take acetaminophen to control pain.
Bruising and swelling will lessen in about 10 to 14 days. Scars from the surgical cuts may take months to fade. Plan to stay home from work and avoid strenuous activity until your eyelids heal.
For some people, surgery results will last a lifetime. For others, droopy eyelids may recur as your eyes will naturally age after the procedure.