Blepharoplasty | Eyelid Surgery

What is a Blepharoplasty | Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, encompasses several areas. The eye can be divided into upper and lower eyelid; this procedure can be performed on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.

Eyelid surgery helps improve the appearance of aging eyes as well as drooping lids. The purpose of  eyelid surgery is to remove excess tissue around the eye (both redundant skin and bulging, herniated fat) as well as to restore eyelid position relative to the surrounding bone structure (improve droop).

What to expect from surgery?

Visual changes can occur with any eyelid surgery. Temporary blurred vision from swelling is almost always seen by the third day, but usually improves by the sixth or seventh day after surgery, and can be greatly reduced by using ice and keeping the head elevated above the heart. Permanent visual impairment would be very unlikely, but there are rare cases of blindness reported in association with eyelid surgery (even cosmetic blepharoplasty).

Bruising and swelling can be very noticeable and is usually the most severe from the third to sixth day after surgery. This can be minimized by applying ice to the eyes continuously for the first 24 hours and by keeping your head elevated.

It is also very important to prevent injury to the operative site and to minimize any activities that could cause an elevation in blood pressure, including head down positions (like bending over to pick something up), lifting, and being overly active. Arnica Montana can be used, starting the day after surgery, to minimize bruising. It will take up to 3 months until the majority of swelling and bruising is unnoticeable.

Possible complications from surgery

Complications with brachioplasty include but not limited to seroma, paresthesias (numbness) of the arm and wound formation. Although these complications are rare in comparison to other body contouring procedures, they remain a source of morbidity if they occur.