Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that reduces the signs of aging around your eyes by lightening heavy lids, removing puffy bags, and leaving you with a youthful, rested appearance.
Considering Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery may be an appropriate plastic surgery remedy for you if have:
- Hooded, tired looking eyes
- Puffy bags under your eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Sagging, loose skin on the upper lids
With eyelid surgery, you can look years younger. Dr. Garcia can tighten the corner of the lower lid for a more exotic look or correct the weakness of the eyelid that occurs with age. However, eyelid surgery cannot correct crow’s feet, wrinkles, sagging eyebrows, or dark circles under your eyes.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
The first step in preparing for eyelid surgery is meeting with Dr. Garcia to discuss the benefits you can receive from the procedure. You should feel free to ask questions during your consultation. Dr. Garcia’s goal is to ensure that you make a fully informed decision about electing to have eyelid surgery. There should be no mystery involved.
Once you have decided that eyelid surgery is the right choice for your facial rejuvenation, Dr. Garcia will provide guidelines on how to prepare for surgery, including dietary and supplement limitations. Smokers should be prepared to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to and two weeks following surgery to help the body heal naturally.
If you wear contact lenses, you will need to wear glasses for about a week after your surgery.
Knowing the Risks
As with any surgery, eyelid surgery comes with risks. Dr. Garcia is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience, but complications can occur. For eyelid surgery, risks include temporary blurred vision, swelling in the corner of the eyelids, slight asymmetry in healing, and the rare instances of difficulty closing eyes to sleep or drooping of the lower lid.
These scenarios usually resolve on their own, but may require some eye drops for a short period of time. In these rare instances, complications can be treated with further surgery.
Understanding the Procedure
Typically, eyelid surgery begins with a pair of incisions: one along the creases of the upper lids, and one directly below the lashes of the lower lid. The skin is separated from the fatty tissue, which is removed. Excess skin is trimmed away and the incisions are closed with very fine sutures.
For younger patients, Dr. Garcia may be able to perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. During this surgery, the incisions on the lower lid are placed inside the eyelid to remove puffiness with no visible scar.
Tightening of the corner of the eye will cause a little more swelling than a normal blepharoplasty, but usually resolves in just a few days.
The sutures are usually removed in five to seven days and light activity, which is recommended for the first two weeks is advanced during the third and fourth week so that by one month you are back to all routine activities.
Blepharoplasty can take one to two hours. All four eyelids can be done at the same time, and chemical peels or laser resurfacing of the skin may be done during the procedure too.
Are you ready to regain a youthful appearance around your eyes? Call Julio Garcia, MD, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic today at (702) 470-0547 to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation. We welcome patients from Las Vegas and around the world.