Do your eyes look tired? Do you have puffiness under the eyes or a sagging upper eyelid? These are common complaints as we age that can cause you to look older than your years. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can help you look like your younger self again.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery are delicate procedures that require exceptional skill and experience. The surgeons at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery have performed these surgeries for years on both male and female patients, providing a natural but more youthful appearance. We customize every eyelid surgery based on your body and how you wish to look. You may opt to have upper blepharoplasty only, or you may wish to also have lower blepharoplasty.
During your consultation, we will discuss your concerns about your appearance and your goals for your eyelid surgery, as well as your medical history, medications you take, and previous procedures you have had. Specific attention will be paid to your eyebrow location, upper eyelid function, lower eyelid laxity, and the shape of your eyelids. We will also answer all of your questions, explain what to expect from surgery, and tell you how to prepare for your surgery.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.
If you have upper eyelid surgery, the incision is placed within the folds of the upper lids where the scar will be hidden. Excess skin and fat are removed so that the upper lids will be tighter and more youthful. The incisions are sutured.
Lower eyelid surgery does not always involve skin excision, but fatty tissue may be removed if you have bags under the eyes. The incision is placed either on the underside of the lower lid or just under the lower eyelashes.
Preparing for Your Eyelid Surgery
Please avoid taking Advil, Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, and Naprosyn for two weeks prior to your surgery. High dose vitamins and herbal medications should also be avoided. Most other medications that you take regularly can be taken before your procedure. It is especially important to take blood pressure medication so that your blood pressure remains normal during surgery.
Your eyelid surgery will be performed at the outpatient surgery center. Be sure to have someone available to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours, as you will be drowsy from the anesthesia.
Recovering from Blepharoplasty
Some bruising, swelling, soreness, tightness, itching, and tearing are normal after eyelid surgery. You can take medication, if necessary, to ease discomfort, and we will give you prescriptions for artificial tears and ophthalmic antibiotic ointment. These symptoms will gradually subside during the first 10-14 days. As a result, most patients take about a week off from work to recover. The sutures are removed in about 7 days.
Please avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for 4 weeks. Full results from your surgery can take 4-6 months to be visible.