What is Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, removes the excess fat and drooping skin of the upper eyelids, minimizing bags under the eyes, and tightening the lower eyelid skin. The result is a better-rested, softer, more alert appearance.
Eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes – features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. However, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty won’t remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows.
Eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty can be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures like a face, neck lift and brow lift.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty?
If you are considering eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, you will make a good candidate if you:
- have realistic expectations about what the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty can do for you
- are in good health, emotionally stable and don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions
- have sagging or loose skin that creates folds or hides the natural contour of your eyes
- have excess skin that hangs down from the upper lid, impairing vision
- have droopy eyelids
- have puffy eyes
- would like to restore firmness around the eye area
- have bags under your eyes
- 18 years old or older and fully understand the eyelid surgery / blepharoplastyprocedure
Initial Consultation for Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty.
A personal consultation in our exclusive Dallas office is the very first step to take if you are considering a eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty procedure.
During the consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. David Liland will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your expectations about eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty. The skin elasticity and tone of your upper & lower eyelid will be fully evaluated. Often, patients who are bothered by excess skin in their upper eyelids don’t realize that a sagging brow is contributing to that appearance.
You will also be able to ask questions about eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, talk about incisions and risks involved with the procedure.
Dr. David Liland will show you several pre and post-op pictures of eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty procedures.
Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty: The Procedure
The eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty procedure is performed at Park Cities Plastic Surgery. Dr. David Liland’s office is conveniently located on Oaklawn Avenue near downtown Dallas. Fully equipped with an AAAASF certified operating room, it stands out to be one of the most private and select plastic surgery offices in the Dallas area.
The eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty requires an individualized approach and it can offer dramatic improvement in the upper and lower eyelids.
For upper lids, an incision within the natural crease of the eye allows repositioning of the fat deposit, tightening of muscles and or removal of excess skin to create a firmer upper lid contour.
For lower lids, an incision just below the lower lash line allows the removal of the fat tightening sagging muscles and removing the excess skin.
After Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
Once your eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty is completed, lubricated ointment and cold compresses may be applied to prevent dry eye and to minimize swelling. Your eyes will be covered with gauze. The first day of your surgery you will probably sleep with your head elevated to minimize the swelling. You may have to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes for the bright light.
Discomfort is usually minimal but any pain you feel can be controlled with pain medication. Initial healing might include swelling, bruising, irritation and dry eye.
The incisions of the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty are well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid area. Results appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, firmer and well-define eyelid.
Healing of the incision may take 5 to 10 days. Within four days your stitches will come out, most of the bruising will disappear and the swelling will continue to subside. You may be ready to return to work and normal activity after 10 days.
Pre & Post-Op Tips for Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty.
- Do no take any medication that contains aspirin, vitamin E, weight loss medication or any Chinese herbs for two weeks before the surgery. A complete drug list will be provided on your pre-op appointment date.
- Arrange for an adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You CAN NOT take a taxi home. You must also arrange for an adult to stay with you for 24 hours after the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty operation.
- Do not smoke for at least four weeks prior to the surgery.
- You should avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Consider using sunglasses.
- Keep head elevated on several pillows to minimize swelling
- Driving is permitted after a few days, if not taking pain medications.
- You may resume all normal activities after three weeks of the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty surgery.
More specific recommendations will be made when you come to Park Cities Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas.