What To Expect During Blepharoplasty Surgery



What To Expect During Blepharoplasty Surgery

Blepharoplasty surgery, also known as eyelid surgery, both tightens and removes excess sagging skin around the eyes. If you suffer from full eyelids, hanging skin or baggy eyes, this procedure may be for you.

Blepharoplasty Surgery Process

As we age, our eyelids stretch and the muscles weaken. This can cause additional fat to gather both above and below the eyelids. After eyelid surgery, your upper lids will appear more defined, with your lower eyelids having much much fewer lines than before. Eyelid makeup will look much better. Ultimately, eyelid surgery results in much more youthful eyes, but in the case of excess skin on the upper eyelids, this procedure can also improve peripheral vision as well.

What To Expect During Blepharoplasty Surgery

Blepharoplasty is done in an outpatient setting and typically lasts less than two hours. The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthesia, and the procedure itself is both safe and simple.

Your surgeon will begin by injecting numbing medication into your eyelids. He or she will begin by working on the upper lids first, making a discreet cut along the fold of your eyelid and then removing the necessary skin, muscle or fat. Then, the cut is closed. Your surgeon then repeats similar steps on your lower lid, this time making a cut in the natural crease of your eye, but again, very discreetly.

You will be able to leave later that day. You may experience a few different symptoms after your procedure, from temporary blurred vision, puffy eyelids and swelling. You may experience some discomfort, but this will be relieved by a surgeon-approved pain relief medication (avoid using Aspirin or ibuprofen). Cold compresses will relieve the swelling. In a few days, you will return to your doctor’s office to have the stitches removed.

Recovery Time & Doctor’s Post-Op Instructions

Recovery time is brief. You can return to nonphysical work in a matter of a week. After your procedure, your surgeon will typically recommend avoiding strenuous activity for a few days. In general, your doctor will likely have you clean your eyelids and use a combination of eyedrops or ointments. You should avoid rubbing your eyes and ensure that you sleep with your head raised a bit higher than your chest for a few days. You should also protect your eyes by wearing darkly tinted sunglasses. As always, it is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully.

If you are interested in undergoing blepharoplasty surgery, consider McLean Clinic. We are an accredited and leading cosmetic plastic surgery clinic in Toronto. We offer free consultations, which you can schedule here.

July 12, 2017

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