Surgery of the Eyelid in Spring Valley & Las Vegas
What Eyelid Surgery Can Do
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can remove excess fat and skin from both your upper and lower eyelids to give you a more rested, youthful appearance. Components of the eyelid surgery can include a tightening up of the corner of the lower eyelid to give a more exotic look, or to correct the weakness of the eyelid, which occurs with age. At times, especially in younger individuals, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty is performed where the incisions on the lower lid are done entirely inside the eyelid. This procedure can remove the puffiness or bags on the lower eyes with no visible scars. In some individuals this can be combined with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing of the lower lid when surgical skin removal is not indicated. Eyelid surgery cannot, however, remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, correct sagging eyebrows or eliminate dark circles under your eyes.
Who Might Consider Eyelid Surgery?
If you have realistic expectations of the surgery and you realize that eyelid surgery can improve your self-confidence through your enhanced appearance but may not make your appearance ideal, then eyelid surgery may be for you. Typically the patients are those whose eye region becomes hooded or tired in appearance. At times patients complain that it appears as if they did not sleep well or have the puffiness of allergies when in truth they are fine. Blepharoplasty can alleviate many of these complaints.
Once you decide to have eyelid surgery, Dr. Garcia will explain the entire procedure to you. Carefully discuss your expectations with Dr. Garcia. He will be able to tailor the procedure to fit your specific needs. There should be no mystery involved in the procedure. By the time you’re ready for surgery, you should be as familiar with the procedure as you can. If not, feel free to ask any questions. Depending on the subtle choices made by the patient, the blepharoplasty can take between one and two hours. All four eyelids can be done at the same time, and at times chemical peels or laser resurfacing of the skin can be done at the same time. It is not uncommon for a patient to have eyelid surgery when they are doing a facelift or a forehead lift, or other cosmetic procedures.
Remember that eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure and as such carries with it an element of risk. Although Dr. Garcia is a talented, accomplished plastic surgeon, sometimes complications do occur. These include temporary blurred vision, swelling in the corner of the eyelids, or slight asymmetry in healing. Rare instances of patients having difficulty closing their eyes to sleep or a drooping of the lower lid may occur as well. These scenarios usually resolve on their own, but may require some eye drops for a short period of time. In these rare instances, these complications can be treated with further surgery.
Dr. Garcia will give you specific guidelines on what to eat and drink and what vitamins or medications you should take or avoid prior to your eyelid surgery. If you smoke, quit at least two weeks before and after surgery. You may not be able to wear your contact lenses for about a week if you do use them, so please have regular glasses available for use after your eyelid surgery.
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 below, and this excess is then removed. Excess skin is trimmed away and the incisions are closed with very fine sutures. Younger patients may undergo a different procedure for their lower lids where the incision is made inside the lower lid. 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 typically 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 the patient is back to all routine activities.