Eyelid surgery is one the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. Dr. Hart and Dr. Connors offer blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) for our patients who desire a rejuvenated facial appearance. During this procedure, excess skin and tissue are removed from the upper eyelids to create a result that makes the eyes look more open and alert. In addition, if the lower eyelids are being addressed, this surgery eliminates the bags, contours, and wrinkles under the eyes. During your consultation, one of our surgeons will assess the eyes and determine if an upper, lower, or combination surgery is needed to attain the results the patient desires.
- Recovery Time: 2-4 Weeks
- Post-op Follow-up: 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
What Should I Expect During And Following Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is often performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. An upper lid blepharoplasty can generally be performed under oral sedation without the requirement for general anesthesia but in combination with a lower blepharoplasty or other procedures can be done under general anesthesia. It generally takes up to 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Will I Have Visible Scars?
After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous.
Will Eyelid Surgery Eliminate Crow's Feet?
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift, are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Will I Experience Irritation After Eyelid Surgery?
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
Will My Vision Improve Following Eyelid Surgery?
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.