Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery involves removing excess skin from the eyelids. Your eyelids stretch with age as the muscles supporting them become weak. Excess skin and fat may gather around the eyelids as a result. This may result in droopy upper lids, sagging eyebrows, and bags under the eyes.
You should find everything there is to know about an eyelid lift from an experienced cosmetic surgeon during the initial consultation before getting it performed. Seasoned board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon provides eyelid surgery to patients in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Here is what you can expect during the different stages of the blepharoplasty procedure:
Before the Eyelift Procedure
Blepharoplasty plastic surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You may be given IV sedation to relax and get comfortable. The surgeon will numb the area around the eyes using a local anesthetic.
During the Eyelift Procedure
The surgeon will make a cut along the fold of the eyelid for upper eyelid lift. They remove excess muscles, skin, and fat. The cut will be sutured once the desired results are achieved. During a lower eyelift, an incision is made right under the lashes or inside the lower lid. The surgeon will redistribute or remove excess muscle, fat, and sagging skin before closing the incision.
The surgeon may combine the eyelid lift with ptosis correction if the upper eyelid droops close to the pupils. Ptosis surgery is designed for removing excess eyelid skin and lifting the eyelid.
After the Eyelid Lift Procedure
You would be kept in a recovery room for monitoring and observation. You would be allowed to leave home later in the day. You may temporarily suffer from the following symptoms after the cosmetic surgery:
- Watering eyes
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Pain or discomfort
- Swelling and bruising
- Numb and puffy eyes
Recovering from Blepharoplasty
These are a few steps you need to take to recover from the surgery unless you get different instructions from the surgeon’s team:
- Use ice packs for 10 minutes every hour
- Use prescribed ointments or eye drops
- Sleep with your head in an elevated position
- Reduce swelling by applying cool compress
- Wear dark sunglasses
- Use Tylenol or other acetaminophen for controlling pain
These are a few things you should not do:
- No heavy lifting, jogging, swimming, or aerobics
- Rub your eyes
- Take drugs that increase bleeding
- Wear contact lenses
You should make sure to keep all your follow-up appointments, especially if the stitches have to be removed.
Results of Blepharoplasty
Many people that get blepharoplasty feel more confident in their appearance. They believe they look more rested and younger. Surgery results may last for a lifetime for some people. Based on this, in some cases droopy eyelids may recur.
Swelling and bruising generally resolves in about 10 – 14 days. In case of scarring, it may take a few months or up to a year for the scars to completely fade away. Cordial and accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon receives patients from Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.
Schedule a Consultation with Frisco, Texas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Solomon
For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in Frisco, Texas, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon by clicking here or calling 214-983-0213.
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