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by McCoy K

(Eyelid Surgery; Repair of Droopy Eyelids)

 

What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Your doctor will likely do the following:
  • Physical exam
  • Vision tests
  • Exam of the eyelid and supporting structures
Leading up to your procedure, your doctor may advise that you:
  • Follow a special diet.
  • Take certain medications.
  • Arrange to have someone drive you home.
  • Arrange for someone to help you at home.
Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.

Description of the Procedure

Incisions will be made in your eyelids. In the upper eyelid, the incision is usually made in the crease. In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lashes or on the inside of the eyelid. The excess fat will be removed. The excess skin and muscle will be trimmed. The incision will be closed with sutures.

How Long Will It Take?

60 minutes or more depending on the amount of skin and fat to be removed

Will It Hurt?

Anesthesia will minimize pain during the procedure. You may feel some tightness and soreness after the procedure.

Post-procedure Care

At the Care Center
Ointment will be applied. A bandage may be placed over your eyes.
At Home
After about six months, your scars will likely fade to a nearly invisible white line. The results of a blepharoplasty are permanent. Extra surgery may be done as needed or desired. Sometimes, blepharoplasty is combined with another procedure called canthopexy. This is used to improve the shape and positioning of the lower eyelid. Blepharoplasty may also be done with ptosis repair. This is the repair of the upper eyelid muscle to correct drooping of the upper eyelid.
 

RESOURCES

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
http://www.surgery.org

US Food and Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
https://www.plasticsurgery.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


What is eyelid surgery? American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/eyelid-surgery.html . Accessed September 3, 2014.


6/3/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, Kelly S, Wu P, Ebbert JO. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.e8.

 

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