Upper eyelid surgery is actually a more popular cosmetic procedure than you might think. It’s designed to correct problems with appearance, such as baggy skin and wrinkles caused by weakening muscles around the eyes. There are some instances where this procedure can correct a medical problem, such as a drooping eyelid that can cause vision issues. Here’s some information on what eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is all about.
How Upper Eyelid Surgery is Typically Performed
In most cases, upper eyelid surgery is a fast procedure – in fact, it can be performed in as little as 20 minutes. However, if you or having other procedures performed during your visit or your blepharoplasty is complex, it could take about two hours. The type of anesthetic you will need will depend on the complexity of the procedure. Most patients only need a local anesthetic, while others will need general anesthesia.
The surgeon makes tiny incisions in the upper eyelid in order to minimize scarring. Eventually, you won’t be able to tell you had a procedure because the scars with naturally blend in with the folds in your skin. Your doctor will remove small portions of muscle, far and skin to provide you with a more youthful appearance, and may also use a laser to further reduce wrinkles. The surgeon will then close the incisions using sutures or a special type of glue.
You might notice a small amount of bruising or swelling in the area where the surgery was performed, and you might also experience a bit of temporary discomfort. The surgeon will recommend that you use an over-the-counter medication as well as an antibiotic cream and ice to reduce any pain. While you won’t need to wear an eye patch, you will need to avoid using makeup for a few weeks until you have completely healed.
Get in touch with Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins if you would like more information on upper eyelid surgery. Call 972-298-6641 or contact us online for a consultation.