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Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery - 2


Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.    Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. 

While you're making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a few days if needed.  


Eyelid surgery may be performed in a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.    It's usually done on an outpatient basis; rarely does it require an inpatient stay.  

Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia--which numbs the area around your eyes--along with oral or intravenous sedatives.    You'll be awake during the surgery, but relaxed and insensitive to pain.    (However, you may feel some tugging or occasional discomfort.  ) Some surgeons prefer to use general anesthesia; in that case, you'll sleep through the operation. 

The surgery Blepharoplasty usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.    If you're having all four eyelids done, the surgeon will probably work on the upper lids first, then the lower ones. 

In a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, a tiny incision is made inside the lower eyelid and fat is removed with fine forceps.   No skin is removed, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures. 

In a typical procedure, the surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids; in the creases of your upper lids, just below the lashes in the lower lids.    The incisions may extend into the crow's feet or laugh lines at the outer corners of your eyes.    Working through these incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle removes excess fat, and often trims sagging skin and muscle.    The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.    

If you have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids but don't need to have any skin removed, your surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty.    In this procedure the incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar.    It is usually performed on younger patients  with thicker, more elastic skin.    

After your surgery, the surgeon will probably lubricate your eyes with ointment and may apply a bandage.    Your eyelids may feel tight and sore as the anesthesia wears off, but you can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.    If you feel any severe pain, call your surgeon immediately. 

Your surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated for several days, and to use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising.    (Bruising varies from person to person: it reaches its peak during the first week, and generally lasts anywhere from two weeks to a month.  ) You'll be shown how to clean your eyes, which may be gummy for a week or so.    Many doctors recommend eye drops, since your eyelids may feel dry at first and your eyes may burn or itch.    For the first few weeks you may also experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and temporary changes in your eyesight, such as blurring or double vision. 

Your surgeon will follow your progress very closely for the first week or two.    The stitches will be removed two days to a week after surgery.    Once they're out, the swelling and discoloration around your eyes will gradually subside, and you'll start to look and feel much better. 

You should be able to read or watch television after two or three days.    However, you won't be able to wear contact lenses for about two weeks, and even then they may feel uncomfortable for a while. 

After surgery, the upper eyelids no longer droop and the skin under the eyes is smooth and firm.  

Most people feel ready to go out in public (and back to work) in a week to 10 days.    By then, depending on your rate of healing and your doctor's instructions, you'll probably be able to wear makeup to hide the bruising that remains.    You may be sensitive to sunlight, wind, and other irritants for several weeks, so you should wear sunglasses and a special sun block made for eyelids when you go out. 

Your surgeon will probably tell you to keep your activities to a minimum for three to five days, and to avoid more strenuous activities for about three weeks.    It's especially important to avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, including bending, lifting, and rigorous sports.    You may also be told to avoid alcohol, since it causes fluid retention. 


Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery.    Eventually, though, they'll fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line.   On the other hand, the positive results of your eyelid surgery-the more alert and youthful look-will last for years.    For many people, these results are permanent.   


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