During eyelid surgery, your surgeon removes excess skin, eliminates bags and restores firmness to the area surrounding the eye, making you look more rested and alert.
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the eyelid surgery procedure.
Step 2 – The incision
The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed for scars to be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning and/or removing fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin.
Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed, fat deposits may or may not be repositioned or removed, and a CO2 laser may be used to resurface the lower eyelid skin to treat fine wrinkles.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Eyelid incisions typically are closed with:
- Removable or absorbable sutures
- Skin adhesives
- Surgical tape
Step 4 – See the results
The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.
Once your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze.
Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eye and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment.
A return to light normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery. Healing of incisions may take 5 to 10 days at which time any sutures will be removed, if necessary. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time.
If you have had your eyelids lasered the healing time is slightly longer, but the wait is worth it to remove the fine wrinkles.