Turn Back The Clock With Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid Surgery (or blepharoplasty) refers to the removal of excess eyelid skin. It can be done on the upper eyelid and lower eyelid. It is considered an outpatient procedure.
What Do I Need to Know?
The surgery utilizes your own fat to achieve a natural look and feel to the area after the procedure. The key is the fat that is harvested and used to firm up and improve the look of the buttocks. Your surgeon will go in detail about the specifics of the procedure and answer all your questions.
Blepharoplasty incisions are made in the fold or crease of the upper eyelids and the lower eyelids lash line. Our surgeon will remove excess skin and fat. Surgery can be performed on the upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
Reasons to Consider Eyelid surgery
Looking tired. Obstruction of vision from eyelids drooping down. Large bags under your eyes. Wrinkling on the upper or lower eyelids. Remove excess skin from eyelids to get a youthful look, correct obstructed vision, get a firmer appearance.
What to Expect After Surgery
After surgery, your eyes may feel taught and tender with some swelling. You will feel some pain for several days. Pain medication, prescribed or over the counter, will help ease discomfort during your recovery time. Instructions for home care will be given at your pre-op appointment.
Begin with soups and slowly advance your diet to normal foods for as long as you are free of any nausea or vomiting.
Drink at least 4-6 glasses of liquids a day to avoid dehydration and constipation.
If you are a patient under the care of a bariatric surgeon, please follow the dietary instructions given to you by our dietary team.
Upon returning home, you should rest comfortably for the next 24 hours.
Do not drive while taking pain medications or have pain.
Avoid heavy exercise and limit lifting to 10 lbs or less for 6 weeks. Your doctor will clear you for work following surgery.
Keep your head elevated at all times to help reduce the swelling.
Use a bag of frozen peas as an ice-pack to also help with swelling. Gently place the ice on your eyes for 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off, for a few hours each day.
Do not remove any of the dressings or bandages. Your physician will remove them for you during your first post-op appointment.
You may not shower until cleared by your physician..
Avoid baths, swimming, oceans and hot tubs until approved by your doctor.
Your incisions are usually closed by dissolvable sutures.
It is not unusual for a small amount of blood or fluid to escape from the wounds. Significant bleeding on the gauze is not normal. Please be sure to contact your physician if this occurs.
Mild bruising after surgery is to be expected. This can be quite dramatic, but is not dangerous.
Any unusual pain or redness may indicate infection and should be reported to your surgeon.
For any foul smelling drainage or unusual odors, please notify your physician.
Pain medications will be prescribed; take this as needed and as directed for pain.
Anti-nausea medications will be prescribed; this as needed and directed for nausea.
Antibiotics will be prescribed; take this as directed. Be sure not to miss a dose.
Please follow instructions and ask your physician if you are taking other medications.
Do not drive while taking pain medications.
Unless directed by your physician, avoid aspirin-type medications such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve and Advil as these can cause ulcers and thinning of the blood that may lead to bleeding.
Tylenol is suitable for minor pain.
Expect to receive a post-op phone call from the surgery center within 24 hours of your procedure. If we are unable to reach you at the time of the call, please return our call at your earliest convenience.
It is important to come to your initial post-op appointment. You will be seen in your physician’s clinic 1-2 days immediately after surgery, and then as frequently as your physician requires.
Call the office if you cannot make your appointment that is given to you.
The first appointment is to check your incisions and make ensure that you are recovering well.
• Unusual bleeding
• Purulent or foul smelling discharge
• Excessive pain
• Excessive swelling of or around the incisions
• Increased redness
• Light headedness
• Temperature of 100° F or higher
• Severe Headache
• Changes in vision
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing
• Diarrhea or Constipation
If you take blood pressure medications, please check your blood pressure before taking the medications.
If your blood pressure is low, do not take them and contact your doctor.
If you are taking diabetes medications, please check your blood sugars before taking the medications. If it is low, hold off from taking them and contact your physician managing your diabetes.