Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can repair a number of functional and aesthetic challenges. Loose or sagging skin that creates folds may disturb the natural contour of the upper eye, impairing vision. Blepharoplasty can also reduce or remove fatty deposits that create a “puffy” look in the eyelids and improve bags under the eyes, as well as dropping which causes the white of the eye to show below the iris.
Am I a Good Candidate?
A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, so it’s important that a candidate is in good health, is a non-smoker and does not have any serious eye conditions. Diabetics, heart patients, and others who have conditions which may inhibit healing may not be good candidates. When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Rast will discuss your medical history, specific concerns and goals, and options for your procedure.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
On the day of your surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home and possibly to help you for a day or so afterward, as your vision will be impaired. The treatment is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure. You will be given medication to help with relaxing, and numbing medication will be injected into the eyelids. The upper lid incision is normally done along the fold so that any scarring will be minimally visible. The incision to the lower lid goes just below the lash line. Once the corrections are made to the muscle, fat, and other tissue, the incisions are closed and you will spend some time recovering under supervision before your driver takes you home.
At home, you’ll want to apply ice packs for about ten minutes during every hour for the evening after the surgery. The next day you can reduce the frequency of the ice packs. You’ll gently clean your eyelids, following the post-care instructions you’re given, and apply prescribed eye drops and ointment. Avoid swimming, heavy lifting, and straining for a week, and do not insert contact lenses for at least two weeks following your surgery. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium for the first week. Instead, use acetaminophen to control any discomfort. Be sure to follow post-surgical instructions carefully and follow up with Dr. Rast if you have any questions or concerns.