The area around your eyes may seem small, but it gives a lot of information about your mood and how you’re feeling. But for many of my plastic surgery patients, this area makes them look older or more tired than they really are. In these cases, eyelid surgery can be the perfect remedy. To help you learn more about this popular treatment, I’ve answered some of the most common questions patients ask about eyelid surgery.
What cosmetic issues can eyelid surgery address?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can help with a number of aesthetic concerns:
- “Bags under the eyes”
- Excess sagging skin above the upper eyelids (“hooded” eyes)
- Wrinkles and thinning skin under the eyes
- Eyes that don’t appear to open well due to excess skin over the upper eyelids
Depending whether your concern is with your upper or lower eyelids, you’ll be best suited for upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both types of eyelid surgery.
What incisions and scars can I expect from eyelid surgery?
For upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made within the natural folds of the eyelids. For lower blepharoplasty, the most common incision is just below the lash line. In some cases, the incision can be made inside the lower eyelid so there is no visible scar at all. Regardless of which option is right for you, the scarring from eyelid surgery tends to be extremely subtle and unnoticeable.
What if I want a lighter version of eyelid surgery?
For patients with milder signs of aging, I developed my unique Band Aid Eyelid Surgery. This unique procedure is performed in-office with gentle numbing, so there’s no need for general anesthesia. Using specialized techniques, I’m able to offer natural-looking results with about half the recovery time and a much lower cost than traditional blepharoplasty.
What can I expect on the day of my eyelid surgery?
Depending on whether you’ve chosen a traditional eyelid surgery or Band Aid Blepharoplasty, you’ll go to either my plastic surgery office or the surgical center where I perform traditional plastic surgery. The surgery itself is rather quick – including preparation, you can expect to be in and out of the office within an hour and a half or so. You’ll be able to return home to recover right after surgery, and you should be up and walking gently throughout the day.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
Most of my patients are back at work within 3-7 days of their surgery. Of course, this depends on your job, because certain strenuous activities need to be avoided for several weeks. It takes longer for all the swelling and bruising to fade, but most of it is typically resolved within four weeks.
Will eyelid surgery affect my dry eyes?
If you have dry eyes, be sure to explain this in your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. I may modify your procedure to make sure your eyes can stay hydrated, but it generally won’t prevent you from having the surgery.
For the right patients, eyelid surgery or Band Aid Eyelid Surgery can be the perfect way to look younger, healthier, and more refreshed. Just remember that every patient is unique, so schedule a consultation to find out how your procedure would be tailored to fit your needs. For more insight from me as well as my plastic surgery patients, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.