Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.  Surgery can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both. Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing some vision limitations due to your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.

One of our Aspirus board certified physicians can help you decide what options are best for you.

Reasons to Consider Eyelid Surgery

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes even impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

What to Expect at the Eyelid Consultation

Be prepared with the following information:

  • Your reasons for wanting eyelid surgery and the outcomes you desire.
  • Your medical history and allergies
  • A list of your current prescriptions and use of any over-the-counter medications, supplements, and vitamins.
  • Family medical history

During the consultation, plastic surgeon will:

  • Evaluate your health
  • Examine your face and eyelids
  • Access the thickness, texture, and elasticity of your skin
  • Evaluate your bone structure
  • Take pictures and measurements 
  • Discuss options and the ideal procedure for you

What to Expect the Day of Surgery

  • You will not need to stay overnight at the hospital
  • You will receive sedation or anesthesia, so you are comfortable during the procedure
  • During surgery, the surgeon will make incisions that will be well concealed within the natural structure of the eyelid so you won’t need to worry about visible scars.
  • After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room until you feel well enough to go home.

What to Expect During Recovery

  • Swelling and bruising that will typically last one to two weeks
  • You may experience some pain for the first week.  Talk to you physician about your options.
  • Eye dryness
  • Tightness of the eyelids
  • Avoid makeup until the scars are healed
  • Wear glasses rather than contacts for two weeks
  • Avoid any strenuous activity for two weeks.

Potential Risks of Eyelid Surgery

All surgical procedures have risk.  Although rare, risks associated with face lift surgery include:

  • An infection at the surgical site
  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Temporary double vision or blindness

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