What does eyelid surgery involve?
Our Bellevue eyelid surgery can involve either the treatment of the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. You will be under local anesthetic or general anesthesia during the surgery, depending on the type of treatment planned. The procedure typically takes between an hour to two hours. Plan on having someone available to drive you home and to lend some assistance during the early stages of recovery.
What happens during upper blepharoplasty?
In upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made in the creases of the eyelids where once healed, the scars will be hidden. Excess skin and fat are removed to address heaviness, restore youthful definition to the upper eyelid, and refresh your overall facial appearance.
What should I expect during lower blepharoplasty?
In lower blepharoplasty, the incision is made either directly under the lower eyelashes or inside the lower eyelid in a transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique. In either case, the scar will not be visible. The fat in under-eye bags is taken out or repositioned, and any excess skin is also removed to tighten the area, as needed.
Which procedure is right for me?
To determine what procedure will be most effective for you requires an in-person consultation. Many patients need only upper eyelid surgery, while others are tired of living with undereye bags that leave them looking tired, even when well-rested. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can be performed in the same surgical appointment in most cases.
What is involved in eyelid surgery recovery?
Most patients are surprised that recovery from eyelid surgery is relatively easy. Sutures are removed in less than a week, and most patients return to work in a week, depending upon the extent of the surgery.
Some swelling, bruising, and pain can be expected, but generally disappears in about ten days to two weeks. Ice packs can be applied to reduce swelling. A pair of sunglasses also easily disguises the post-op swelling and bruising. Sleeping with your head elevated will also help reduce swelling. Most patients require only over the counter pain medication to stay comfortable.
What kind of results can I expect?
After your eyelid surgery has fully healed, the result is younger looking eyes that will make a significant difference in your overall appearance. In the mirror, you will look younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated.