Eyelid surgery is performed on eyes that are marked with drooping upper eyelids or puffy bags below the eyes. The procedure can also be referred to as blepharoplasty, or the eyelid lift. By reviving the area around the eyes, eyelid surgery has the potential to transform your appearance.
Who Should Get Eyelid Surgery?
In most cases, individuals who seek eyelid surgery have conditions such as
- Droopy, baggy eyelids
- Puffy bags below
- Stretched, loose eyelid skin
Before & After Eyelid Surgery in Guilford, CT
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The eyelid skin has often times stretched thin because of the drooping. Those who want to eliminate crow’s feet or the dark circles under their eyes should, however, look to procedures like the brow lift or Botox, as eyelid surgery does not treat these conditions.
What Does Eyelid Surgery Do?
Prior to surgery, you may need to arrange a medical evaluation and vision test in order to confirm that you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, usually with local anesthesia to numb the area around the eyes.
Your surgeon will make incisions along the natural lines of your eyelids: in the creases of the upper eyelids and below the lashes in the lower eyelids. Next, she will separate the skin from the underlying tissue and muscles, then remove or reposition the fat, and trim the sagging skin. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.
Depending on your anatomy and needs for surgery, your surgeon may use the transconjunctivital technique in which an incision is made in the lower lid. In these cases, no skin and only a conservative amount of fat is removed.
After Eyelid Surgery: What Should I Expect?
For the first days after surgery it is important that you follow Dr. Collins’ postoperative instructions. She may advise you to keep your head elevated, use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising, and avoid wearing contacts for about two weeks. Recovery for eyelid surgery is estimated at about 10 days.
For more information about eyelid surgery, please contact our Guilford Connecticut plastic surgery office at (203) 208-3275. Our office is conveniently located to serve residents throughout the New Haven County, including East Haven and Madison.