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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin, fat, and wrinkles from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty has two major benefits. First, it can restore a more rested and youthful appearance to the eye area. Second, it can correct vision impairments caused by drooping eyelids. Patients may undergo upper blepharoplasty for their upper eyelids, lower blepharoplasty for their lower eyelids, or both procedures together for full rejuvenation of the eye area.

Thinking About Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes can attract a lot of attention. In many cultures, the appearance of the eyes is a critical determiner of facial attractiveness. If the eyes are hidden beneath saggy eyelids or if they are disguised by wrinkles, it can detract from your appearance. Eyelid surgery removes excess tissue and smooths and tightens the remaining tissues so that your eyes stand out and draw more attention to their natural beauty.

If you have wrinkles around your eyes, saggy eyelids, hollows around your eyes, or puffy bags under your eyes, you may look older than you feel. Eyelid surgery can treat all these issues and restore a more youthful appearance to your face. Blepharoplasty can also help you look more rested and approachable.

For some individuals, the upper eyelids develop so much excess skin and tissue laxity that eyelid hooding occurs and limits the full range of vision. Upper blepharoplasty can restore sightlines by removing this excess tissue so that the upper eyelids do not impair your vision.

Eyelid Surgery Options

Dr. Chiu can perform upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both procedures together to rejuvenate your eyes. Your goals and your anatomy will both influence which procedure(s) you need.

Upper Blepharoplasty

  • Dr. Chiu will make incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids. Depending on your needs, these incisions may extend just beyond the outside corner of the eyes.
  • Through the incisions, Dr. Chiu will remove excess skin, remove or reposition fat deposits, and tighten the tissues around the eyes.
  • Dr. Chiu will close the incisions with surgical tape, skin adhesives, or removable or absorbable sutures.

Lower Blepharoplasty

  • Dr. Chiu will make incisions below the lower lash lines. If you need excess fat removed from your lower eyelid area, he may also make incisions inside the lower eyelids.
  • Depending on your needs and incision locations, Dr. Chiu may remove excess skin, remove or reposition fat deposits, and tighten the tissues of the lower eyelids. He may use a laser to tighten the skin of the lower eyelids.
  • Dr. Chiu will close the incisions with surgical tape, skin adhesives, or removable or absorbable sutures

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

You should keep your head elevated and rest as much as possible for the first few days after surgery. Avoid straining, bending, and lifting for several days. During the first 48 hours after surgery, swelling and bruising will likely appear and can be minimized with cold compresses. Prescribed pain medications will help relieve any discomfort or tension around the eyes. Light sensitivity and blurred vision may also occur for a few days. Dark sunglasses can minimize discomfort and should be worn for several weeks to protect the eyes after eyelid surgery. Bruising and swelling may take one to several weeks to resolve. Patients are typically able to resume normal activities 10 days after the procedure, but it may take several months to see the final results as the tissues heal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does medical insurance cover the cost of eyelid surgery?

For those who undergo eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, medical insurance does not usually cover the procedure. However, if you need eyelid surgery to correct vision impairments, your medical insurance may cover the procedure. Check with your insurance company to learn about your options for coverage.

What kind of anesthesia is used for blepharoplasty?

Depending on circumstances, Dr. Chiu may use general anesthesia or local anesthesia for your blepharoplasty procedure.

Who is an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery?

An ideal candidate for eyelid surgery does not smoke and is physically and psychologically healthy but wishes to rejuvenate the appearance of their eyelids and eye area for cosmetic and/or functional reasons. It is rare for patients under age 35 to undergo eyelid surgery, but an exception may be a patient with a genetic predisposition for droopy eyelids. Candidates should have healthy facial tissues and realistic cosmetic goals. Most importantly, candidates should not have glaucoma, a detached retina, or other serious eye conditions. You should discuss eyelid surgery with your eye doctor and share the details about your eye health with Dr. Chiu to see if you qualify for this procedure..

What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a safe experience, but there are a few potential risks and complications. These include infection, dry eyes, eye irritation, hematoma, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to the tissues, and the need for revision eyelid surgery. Dr. Chiu can discuss these with you in detail during your consultation.

Can I combine blepharoplasty with any other facial treatments?

If needed, blepharoplasty can be combined with laser resurfacing, chemical peels, fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, a forehead lift, or other facial procedures to more fully rejuvenate and refresh the eyes.

What results can I expect after eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery creates a more refreshed and rested appearance. Your eyelids will appear smoother and well-defined, and your overall face may appear more youthful and inviting. The results will be long lasting but can be affected by aging, heredity, and lifestyle. For example, some skin laxity may eventually recur as the skin ages, and wrinkles may develop from sun overexposure. Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen to protect your eyes from the sun and maintain long-lasting results after eyelid surgery.

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