Is It Safe To Have Blepharoplasty After LASIK?



Is It Safe To Have Blepharoplasty After LASIK?

If you’re considering having LASIK and blepharoplasty there are some things you should know about your safety and the function of your eyes.

Is It Safe To Have Blepharoplasty After LASIK?

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgery specifically done to remove excess skin, fat or muscle from the eyelids. If you have droopy upper lids or excessive puffiness under your eyes, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. Generally, the effects of aging and gravity are what cause your upper lids to sag and lower lids to puff out. The excessive fat, skin and muscle around the eyes can make us appear older, more tired and even disrupt our facial harmony. More importantly, droopy upper lids and puffy lower lids can alter our vision. Many people turn to blepharoplasty to correct these issues and look younger.

Is blepharoplasty safe?

As with any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty is completely safe when done by a certified surgeon. You can also combine blepharoplasty with other procedures such as brow lift and facelift.

Can blepharoplasty correct my vision?

Blepharoplasty will not correct your vision; it can only rid you of the excess skin that is blocking your eyes, causing you to have trouble seeing. LASIK, on the other hand, can correct your vision because it actually reshapes your inner cornea. If you are having trouble seeing due to excess skin over your eyelids, then you may not need LASIK. However, if you are having trouble seeing due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, then blepharoplasty can’t fix these issues although LASIK can.

Can LASIK and blepharoplasty be done simultaneously?

Unfortunately, these two procedures require different surgeons and cannot be done at the same time. Moreover, during LASIK, the cornea is under stress, which is normal, and needs time to recoup before you have a blepharoplasty procedure. Another factor involved is dryness and tear deficiency, which are side effects of blepharoplasty. Although these side effects are temporary, you need to be able to produce normal tears to heal from LASIK. Finally, your eyelid closure will be affected by both procedures and it’s better to heal from one completely before having the other done.

Which procedure should be done first?

Ideally, you will have your LASIK procedure, recover and then have your blepharoplasty. This way all corneal stress will have dissipated and your eyes will be able to close properly. Your doctor will tell you to wait at least six months between procedures to give your eyes a chance to heal.

December 20, 2016

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