Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Heavy, sagging eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes can make you appear more tired or older than you feel. The cause may be aging changes around the eye. If this sounds familiar, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may be a great option to refresh, brighten and rejuvenate your eyes and your overall appearance.
If you have undesired results from previous cosmetic or reconstructive surgery around the eye, Dr. Kpodzo can help with this as well. Abnormal shape or abnormal position of the lower eyelid (ectropion), or rounded eyes can be repaired using advanced techniques.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty): What to Expect
- Surgical Setting - performed on an outpatient basis meaning you go home on the same day
- Anesthesia – Depending on the extent of surgery planned the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthetic
About the Surgery
- Upper Eyelids - incisions are made within the natural crease of the eye making the scars nearly imperceptible once they heal. Through this incision excess skin can be removed, droopy eyelids (eyelid ptosis) can be repaired, and puffiness from extra fat around the eye can be addressed
- Lower Eyelids - the incision is hidden in a position close to the eyelashes or in some cases the incision is made inside the eyelid to hide it completely. Through these incisions excess skin (eyelash incision only) and puffiness from extra fat around the eye can be removed. Lower eyelid wrinkles, droopy lower lids, and dark circles around the eyes can be improved and the cheeks can be lifted (midface lift) through the eyelash incision.
- Eyelid Repair - various techniques are used to repair the eye. Techniques include lateral canthoplasty which anchors the eyelid or using a “spacer” made from acellular dermal matrix (the thick part of the skin from which all the cells have been removed) or ear cartilage.
Most patients take 1-2 weeks off from work. Immediately after surgery there will be noticeable swelling and bruising around the eye. Applying ice during the first 48 hours and keeping the head elevated is important to help decrease swelling after the operation. Eye drops and ointment are applied to the eyes after surgery; the ointment can make your vision a little blurry.