Eyelid surgeryis used to remove the fat deposits and loose skin that may form on the lower eyelids with age. Many factors, including heredity and sun damage, accelerate these changes. Younger people also elect to have this procedure done to eliminate puffiness of the eyes from congenital excess fatty tissue.
Eyelid surgery is frequently done at the same time as other procedures, such as a facelift or forehead lift, and can be combined with laser or chemical resurfacing to smooth skin wrinkles. When overhanging of the upper lids interferes with peripheral vision, the eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance.
Surgery: An incision is made along the lash line/smile creases. The excess fat, muscle, and skin are then removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions. Eyelid surgery generally takes about 1-3 hours to complete.
Recovery: The first evening after eyelid surgery, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. It will help to apply cold compresses to your eyelids. Avoid any compress heavier than one ounce. A Ziplock bag with a few frozen peas works well. At first, the incisions will probably be red and somewhat bumpy. Eventually, the resulting scar should become flat and inconspicuous. Your sutures (stitches) will be removed sometime within the first week, usually 3-5 days after the procedure. The swelling and discoloration around your eyes will gradually subside, and you’ll start to look and feel better each day. Swelling and bruising varies considerably from person to person. Bruising typically disappears within 7-10 days. Within the first week you will be permitted to use makeup, if desired, to conceal any discoloration. For the first 3-4 weeks, you should avoid any activity that increases blood flow to the eyes, including bending, lifting crying, and sports.