Blepharoplasty Surgery

Surgery on the eyes is a delicate business and whether it is a cosmetic or medically relevant procedure, selection of your surgeon is vital not only for success but to avoid complications.

Prior to the surgery, you should be well informed about the potential side effects, post operative instruction and your recovery.

Prior to the surgery, the surgeon will assess your:

- vision

- tear production

- whether you have dry eyes

- whether you wear contact lenses

- skin type

After the initial consult, the relevant surgery, anesthesia, any additional surgery, location of the surgical facility and costs will be outlined

Eyelid surgery is very delicate and there is little room for error. Prior to the procedure, one should:

- stop smoking for at least 2-4 weeks

- stop taking blood thinning medications like aspirin at least 7-10 days before surgery

- avoid sun tanning at least 4-6 weeks prior to the surgery

- discuss with the physician when to stop or continue other relevant medications

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure and can be performed either in a hospital setting or in an outpatient facility

The surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

The surgeon always works on the upper eyelid first. The incisions are always made in the crease of the eyelid to make them inconspicuous and the excess fat and some muscle are cut away. The incision is then closed with tiny stitches

Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.

The lower eyelid surgery is done in a similar fashion. The incision is made just below the lower eyelid lashes in the natural crease of the eyelid. The excess fat, some muscle and sagging skin is removed and the incision closed

Occasionally, the surgeon may use a laser to diminish the skin discoloration and improve the aesthetic features of your eyes.

The surgery usually takes anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the amount and location of tissue being removed.

All candidates spend some time in the recovery room before being discharged home.

No individual can drive home, so someone must be available to pick you up and drive you.

All the necessary instructions and follow up appointments will be given to you before discharge.

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