Eyelid surgery, or a blepharoplasty, is surgical removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. Underlying fatty tissue that produces bagginess can be selectively removed or repositioned. Blepharoplasty can improve drooping skin and bagginess. It can also help improve vision in older patients who have hooding of their upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty will not remove “crow’s feet” or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. For this reason, a blepharoplasty often accompanies procedures such as facelift or brow lift to combat the effects of time and gravity.
The Blepharoplasty Process
The procedure generally involves removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. Cosmetic eyelid surgery repositions facial skin and underlying tissue for men and women desiring firmer skin around the eye area. If your goal is to eliminate dark circles, remove wrinkles, or lift eyebrows, Dr. Patterson may suggest incorporating additional facial procedures to achieve your desired results. Surgery isn’t always the answer. Talk to Dr. Patterson about non-surgical injectables like JUVÉDERM®, or BOTOX® may help in the early signs of aging.
Planning Your Blepharoplasty
Planning your blepharoplasty with Dr. Patterson, begins with a comprehensive consultation and examination. During this consultation, Dr. Patterson may recommend eyelid surgery; however, in some situations a non-surgical approach is favored. A price quote will be given during your consultation. You will most likely go home same day as surgery.
Preparing for Your Blepharoplasty
After your initial consultation, you will have a second visit with us two weeks prior to your scheduled procedure. This visit will cover any pre and postop instructions as well as any medication that will need to be administered after.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
The procedure typically takes 1 to 3 hours, but may be shorter or longer depending on specific anatomic requirements and goals.
You may resume reading 2-3 days after surgery. Sutures are normally removed within 4-5 days after surgery. Most patients return to non strenuous work 7-10 days following surgery. Strenuous activities and alcohol consumption can be resumed at approximately 3 weeks after surgery. Swelling, bruising and soreness could take up to several weeks to dissipate.
Exercise After Blepharoplasty
Avoidance of vigorous activity will help to minimize postoperative swelling and discomfort. Only light cardio exercise for approximately two weeks following eyelid surgery. Three weeks from surgery forward, unrestricted exercise and activity can resume.
Dr. Patterson will see you for a follow-up appointment and for suture removal. Suture removal is generally 4-5 days postop. The Patterson Plastics team is always available to assist you with any questions following your procedure.
Still have some questions, or want to find out more? The next step is easy, schedule a consult with Dr. Patterson. Our staff will be happy to discuss eyelid surgery with you further. At Patterson Plastic Surgery, we want to be your partner in achieving the appearance you’ve always wanted!