Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lid surgery, treats excess skin of the upper, lower eyelids or the combination of the two. It is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures performed on both women and men alike. Excess skin and sometimes fat are removed to treat the drooping eyelids and restore a refreshed appearance to the eyes. Patients who seek out this procedure typically have complaints a tired appearance sometimes with a partial block in vision.
This procedure can last anywhere between one to two hours. Dr. Rednam places the incisions in your natural creases to give you a refreshed appearance with well-hidden scars. She will then remove the excess skin and fat, if necessary, of the eyelids. At times the fat is re-draped rather than removed depending on your needs. Dr. Rednam favors natural-looking results so a conservative amount of skin will be removed to tailor the perfect result for you.
Typically, this procedure is done under local anesthesia, meaning you are awake, but may also be performed with general anesthesia. The procedure is done in 1-2 hours and you can go home afterward. It is extremely important that you tell the doctor any medical problems you have and any medication you are or have been taking, including herbal medications and blood thinners.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure no matter which type of anesthesia is utilized. Excess fat and skin are removed through small incisions made in the natural crease on the upper eyelids and below the lower eyelids’ lash lines. In some cases, only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through a procedure called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. With this procedure, there is no external scar since the incision is placed within the inner portion of the eyelid.
Recovery after a blepharoplasty procedure involves minimal discomfort and has a quick recovery for most patients. Most patients can go back to usual activities within 3-5 days after surgery. High-impact exercise and strenuous activities are restricted for several weeks after surgery to allow complete healing and to decrease the amount of swelling and bruising. Dr. Rednam will provide thorough and individualized recovery instructions at the time of your consultation.