Eyelid Surgery

EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY)

The eyes are the center piece of the face and most commonly bear the first signs of aging in the face. Eyelids is the delicate areas around the eyes are the first to show signs of aging or fatigue. Bagginess, droopiness and signs of age and exhaustion around the eyes can be corrected with eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty. Depending on the condition of the eyelids, surgery can be performed on the upper or lower lids, or both. Eyelid surgery can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures used to restore a fresher, more youthful appearance.

UPPER EYELIDS

Upper eyelid surgery is designed to remove excess skin that may be affecting your vision, or is giving you a tired appearance. I will eliminate the excess and lift the remaining skin, smoothing it out for a more refreshed aesthetic. Incisions are made in the crease of the upper lid, making any visible scarring from the procedure very hard to detect. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed as an outpatient and generally takes about two to three hours to complete.

LOWER EYELIDS

Lower eyelid surgery primarily addresses puffiness and bagginess under the eyes. I usually make a small incision in the under the lower eyelashes. Then I will remove excess fat, skin, and muscle, and reshape the remaining skin  to restore a fresher, more youthful appearance. Lower eyelid surgery often takes only about two to three hours to complete and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

A combination of both upper and lower eyelid surgery will typically take longer to complete. Eyelid surgery can be done under general anesthesia, but commonly it is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation administered by the anesthesiologist.

EYELID SURGERY RECOVERY

Your eyes will likely be lubricated with a special ointment after the eyelid surgery procedure. Moderate degree of swelling and bruising is be expected for the two weeks after surgery. Any pain and discomfort can be managed with medication. For the first two to three days after surgery, we recommend using ice cold compresses around the eyes in order to decrease the swelling.  Some light sensitivity, tearing, and temporary blurry or double vision can also be expected in the days following eyelid surgery. Although strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks after the procedure, normal daily activities can typically be resumed a few days after eyelid surgery.

COMPLICATIONS

Problems such as bleeding, infection, or temporary excessive tearing can occur. Another rare problem is ectropion, which is a pulling down of the lower lids due to the scar. This usually resolves with time and with scar massage, but on rare occasions it may require further surgery to correct.

 If you are interested in eyelid plastic surgery or have any questions for Dr. Kote,

call (516) 506-9410  for a consultation.