Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove fat from the upper and lower eyelids, which usually also removes excess skin and muscle. Eyelid surgery can reduce puffy bags below the eyes and correct drooping upper lids. This helps reduce visual signs of age, helps patients look less tired and may help alleviate vision problems. However, eyelid lifts won’t remove dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet, eliminate other wrinkles or lift sagging eyebrows.
Men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations are ideal candidates for eyelid surgery. While most candidates are 35 or older, some may elect to have the procedure done at a younger age if droopy, baggy eyelids run in the family. A few medical conditions can make blepharoplasty more risky.
Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty is a good option for patients that have a pocket of fat under their lower eyelids, but don’t need to have any skin removed. In this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon makes an incision inside the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. Most patients are younger with thicker, more elastic skin.
Working through these incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, removes excess fat, and often trims sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine absorbable sutures.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
Sleeping propped up will feel the most comfortable for the first night. Dr. Marouk will prescribe pain and anti-inflammatory medications to keep swelling and discomfort in-check. However, most patients only take their pain medication on the night of surgery. They return the day after the surgery to remove any crustiness at incision site.
Sutures will be removed in five to seven days, if they are not already dissolved. No excessive lifting or straining for seven days. This surgery has minimal discomfort that tends to vary by patient. All swelling will take months to dissipate; however, it will not be noticeable by the patient or by others after approximately one week. Make-up can be applied after sutures are removed. Patients may drive the day after surgery, if not taking pain medication.