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What Is Eyelid Surgery?

img 1047 2 Eyelid surgery can be performed for cosmetic or medical reasons, but whatever the reason you have it, it can drastically change the way you look. Here is some information on eyelid surgery (also known as “blepharoplasty”) and how it can help you to look younger and see better. 

Blepharoplasty basics

Eyelid surgery can be done on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both. It can be done to remove loose or sagging skin, fat that makes the eyelids appear puffy and gives the appearance of “bags” under the eyes, and excess skin and wrinkles. It is a very effective way of making you look younger – after all, tired- and puffy-looking eyes can make you look older than you are. Many patients have eyelid surgery along with another procedure, such as a face or brow lift. 

Excess skin around your eyes can also reduce your field of vision, which is not only annoying but can be dangerous. It can also cause functional problems with your eyelids. 

What to expect during the procedure

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 2 hours. Your doctor will inject medication to numb the eyelid area and make an incision to remove excess fat and skin and to tighten muscles. The surgeon will close the incision with fine sutures. 

What to expect after the procedure

You will have some bruising and swelling, but ice packs on the area a few times a day can help. For a week after the procedure you should avoid strenuous activity and rubbing your eyes, and don’t smoke. For a few days afterward you should sleep with your head elevated higher than your chest. Patients can usually return to work within a couple of days. Over-the-counter medication can help to relieve pain. Patients shouldn’t wear contact lenses for about two weeks and should always wear dark sunglasses to protect their eyes from sun and wind. 

Whether you want eyelid surgery for cosmetic or medical reasons, Mao Facial Plastic Surgery can help. Contact the office in Orange, Connecticut, for a consultation. Call (203) 907-0501 today!


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