Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
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Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of many cosmetic and plastic surgery options offered by expert physicians at UW Health Transformations in Madison, Wisconsin. As we age, the muscles around our eyes weaken, causing drooping eyelids, a puffy appearance or bags around the eyes.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove fat, usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes. Eyelid surgery can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as face lifts or brow lifts.
Whatever the combination, our physicians will make sure that your eyes and face have a brighter, more youthful appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men or women who are physically healthy and seek to correct puffiness or drooping of the eyes. Surgeons may discourage eyelid surgery for patients with certain medical conditions. Surgery on the upper eyelids can be tailored to individuals who want to create a more feminine appearance. Be sure to discuss your health status with your surgeon.
What does eyelid surgery involve?
Eyelid surgery corrects drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes by removing excess fat, muscle and skin above and below the eyes. The procedure lasts between one to two hours and is performed under local or general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will first make incisions along the natural lines and crease of your upper and lower eyelids. The skin is then separated from underlying fatty tissue and muscle and excess fat removed. Often surgeons also trim sagging skin or muscle.
What should I do in the time leading up to my eyelid surgery?
Your doctor will give you instructions preparing for eyelid surgery and guidelines on eating, smoking, drinking and medications or vitamins to take or avoid taking. You will want to arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure.
What should I expect following eyelid surgery?
Immediately following surgery, you may experience temporary discomfort such as tightness of lids, swelling, bruising, dryness, burning or itching of eyes, excessive tearing or sensitivity to light. Most side effects subside within one to three weeks.
You will want to keep your head elevated for several days and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and bruising. Bruising may be the most severe during the first week following surgery and usually fades completely between one to three weeks. Your stitches will be removed approximately one week after the eyelid procedure.
Healing is gradual process and recovery is variable depending upon the amount of work done to your lids. You may read or watch television after two or three days and return to work within ten days following surgery. Contact lenses may not be worn for at least two weeks. Strenuous activity may be resumed within three weeks. Patients generally look more alert and refreshed after eyelid surgery. Although the aging process continues, the results typically last for many years.
3-D Animation: Lower Eyelid Surgery
3-D Animation: Upper Eyelid Surgery