More About Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure that corrects drooping of the upper eyelid and puffiness around the eyes, sometimes also referred to as an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery is typically performed to treat a condition called dermatochalasis — excess skin of the upper or lower eyelid. 

This procedure will not, however, correct crow’s feet, dark circles around the eyes, or drooping brows. If you are also interested in a brow lift or facelift, these procedures can be performed together with your eyelid surgery Philadelphia.

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The Right Candidates for Blepharoplasty

Most patients who choose to undergo eyelid surgery are around 35 years old or older, but this isn’t necessarily a rule. For many patients, droopy eyelids and eye bags are a hereditary condition. You’ll want to let Dr. Rosen know if you have hyperthyroidism, dry eyes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, detached retina, or another eye-related condition.

You’re likely a great candidate for eyelid surgery if you’re in the Bucks County or Doylestown areas and you’re dealing with:

  • Excess upper eyelid skin
  • Drooping upper eyelids
  • Stretched eyelid skin
  • Puffy bags below the eyes

How the Eyelid Surgery Procedure Works

Before your procedure, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Rosen, at which point you may undergo a vision test or be referred to your ophthalmologist. Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia, and takes between one and three hours of operating time. The incisions are placed in the natural crease of your upper eyelids, below the lashes, or inside the lower lid (the transconjunctival technique). Fat, skin, and sometimes muscle tissue are removed conservatively before fine sutures are used to close the incisions.

After Eyelid Surgery: Your Recovery Period

Recovery from eyelid surgery is about 10 days, and Dr. Rosen may lubricate the eyes with special ointment and apply a bandage immediately after surgery. 

Your eyelids will probably feel tight and sore as the effects of anesthesia subside, and we’ll provide you with medications to help control your discomfort. You’ll need to keep your head elevated, using cold compresses to control swelling and bruising as you heal, and it’ll be three weeks before you can exercise or wear contact lenses.

Possible Complications of Eyelid Surgery

Side effects of eyelid surgery include bruising (which peaks during the first week and gradually subsides), excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. Possible complications include but are not limited to infection, bleeding, swelling, dry eyes, formation of whiteheads, asymmetry, functional problems of the eyelids, and blindness (extremely rare).

Eyelid Surgery Alternatives

There are alternatives to blepharoplasty if you do not wish to undergo surgery. For some people, hollowness below the eye creates the illusion of puffiness or eye bags. Using a wrinkle filler, a cosmetic surgeon can augment the contour of this area to correct the problem.

If you're considering eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Rosen Cosmetic Surgery Philadelphia to schedule a personal consultation.

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