Aesthetic Lid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
How can I expect my eyes to look over time?
Eyelid surgery corrects wrinkled skin on the upper lids and puffy bags under the eye. Incisions follow the natural contour lines of your upper and lower eyelids. Incisions are closed and will fade and blend into the natural creases. After surgery, your appearance is brighter, more alert and rested.
What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my eyelid surgery?
If you are dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of your eyelid surgery, then you should schedule another consultation with your doctor so an examination can be done, and possible routes decided.
What will be expected of me to get the best results?
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to: Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing to promote better healing. Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve), and vitamins/homeopathic regimens that can increase bleeding. Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important. Appropriate hydration before and after surgery is critical for safe recovery and optimal outcomes
- The first two weeksAlthough you will not have to rest in bed following surgery, you should plan to relax, stay home, and use cold compresses on your eyes on the day of surgery as well as the day after. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies. Here are some helpful guidelines:
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions for care. For the first couple of days following surgery, expect to treat the incisions with ointment to keep them lubricated and place cold compresses on the eyes to reduce swelling. You will be advised to use eye drops to keep the eyes from drying. If you have dry eyes lasting more than two weeks, contact your doctor.
- Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest. You can use regular pillows, wedge pillows, or sleep on a recliner. Minimize swelling and bruising by keeping your head elevated as much as possible during the first few days of recovery.\
- After upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery your eyelids will typically feel tight. You can treat soreness with acetaminophen. Significant bruising typically occurs, but will resolve within two weeks.
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
It is vitally important that you follow all postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon. This will include information about bandages, drains, taking an antibiotic if prescribed, and the level and type of activity that is safe. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.