Aging can be frustrating! Our vision gets worse, our skin gets wrinkly, and our eyelids sag? Yes, even the last one can happen! Luckily, you can undergo eyelid surgery if your eyelids are standing in your way of seeing. Find out if you could need eyelid surgery!
What is Blepharoplasty?
When you have saggy eyelids that make it difficult to see, you may need eyelid surgery. This is also known as blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is often performed if patients want to look younger. Another reason to get blepharoplasty is to fix vision problems.
When the eyes begin aging, your eyelids start stretching out. As the eyelids continue stretching out, your muscles supporting them get weaker.
This can lead to saggy eyebrows, bags under the eyes, and droopy upper eyelids. Besides making you look older, these saggy eyelids can reduce your peripheral vision. This can make it more difficult to see the world around you.
How do I know if I need Blepharoplasty?
The best way to know if you need eyelid surgery is to ask your eye doctor. Besides that, blepharoplasty becomes necessary if your eyelids ruin your way of life.
Not being able to see and losing your peripheral vision can be avoided with a blepharoplasty. Removing the excess tissue from your upper and lower lids can make it easier to open your eyes.
As a bonus, a blepharoplasty will also make you look younger and more refreshed.
What happens before Eyelid Surgery?
Before undergoing blepharoplasty, you’ll meet with your eye doctor and a plastic surgeon. During your meeting, you’ll discuss your medical history, as well as your expectations.
Like any procedure, blepharoplasty may not be right for everyone. It’s important to mention if you’ve had other procedures and if you have or have had eye conditions.
These include dry eye, allergies, glaucoma, and diabetes, to name a few.
You’ll also undergo several examinations including a physical and visual examination. Be prepared to have your eyelids examined and your tear production tested.
Your vision is also tested to see if your peripheral vision is affected by your sagging eyelids. Besides having your vision tested, you will have photos taken of your eyelids.
These will be from a few different angles and help your surgeon come up with a plan for your procedure.
What happens during Eyelid Surgery?
If you are a candidate for blepharoplasty, stop taking medications that increase bleeding. Because a numbing medication is administered during a blepharoplasty, you’ll need a ride there. You won’t be able to drive yourself home either, so have a ride to get home as well.
Once you have checked in, the numbing medication will be injected into your eyelids. You’ll also receive medication to relax you through an IV.
Once the medications have kicked in, your surgeon begins with the upper eyelids. They cut right on the fold of the eyelid. Once the cut gets made, a small amount of excess fat, skin, and muscle gets removed. After removal, the cut is closed up.
For your lower eyelid, your surgeon makes a cut that’s either in your natural eyelid crease or in the lower lid. They will then remove or move around any excess skin, fat, or muscle as is appropriate before closing the cut.
If your upper eyelid sags near your pupil, the surgeon may decide to perform ptosis. Ptosis is another blepharoplasty procedure that gives your eyebrow muscle more support.
After the procedure is complete, you’ll go to a recovery room. This allows monitoring for any potential complications. Once cleared, you can go home to recover!
Recovering from Blepharoplasty
After eyelid surgery, your eyes are likely to be extra sensitive. It’s normal to experience:
- swelling or bruising
- double vision
- watery eyes
- blurry vision after applying lubricating ointment to your eyes
- numb eyelids
Most of these symptoms go away after about a week. To speed up your recovery, make sure to put ice packs on your eyes.
On the first night, put them on your eyes for 10 minutes at a time, every hour. The next day, you can put the ice packs on your eyes about four to five times during the day.
Like any other procedure, avoid strenuous activities while healing! To avoid infection or complications, gently clean your eyelids as directed. Of course, you should also use all prescribed medications from your doctor.
If you go outside, wear UV protected sunglasses. Your eyes will likely be more sensitive to the wind or sun during your recovery. Want to recover the right way? Avoid:
- rubbing your eyes
- taking any kind of aspirin or naproxen since these medications increase bleeding
Although the symptoms after a blepharoplasty aren’t pretty, the results are worth it! Most swelling or bruising will go away after about 2 weeks. It may take several months for any scars to fade.
Have more questions about eyelid surgery? Request an appointment at The Medical Eye Center in Manchester, New Hampshire today!