Several factors, including aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching and obesity, can cause the eyelids to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate. This area is often one of the first to deteriorate, as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than the rest of the face. Eyelids that droop or bulge can cause people to appear much older or fatigued than they actually are.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, improves the appearance of the upper eyelids and/or lower eyelids. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals who are in good overall health and who do not smoke or have any serious eye conditions. If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted effects and leave the eyes looking young and fresh.
A consultation with Dr. Burnett is the first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your upper eyelids and/or lower eyelids. A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case will take place at this office visit as well as a thorough discussion of the likely outcomes of the surgery and the potential risks and complications.
The eyelid surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia may be used under some circumstances. The procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours and is usually performed in a surgery center or hospital on an outpatient basis.
If the upper eyelid is being treated, an incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. Once the incision is made Dr. Burnett will remove any fatty tissue and tighten the loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. For the lower lids, an incision is made just below the lash line.
Following eyelid surgery, Dr. Burnett may recommend applying lubricating ointment and eye drops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Cold compresses are also recommended to help aid the healing process and minimize side effects such as swelling.
Patients can usually return to work within two days, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Swelling and other side effects usually subside within two weeks after surgery. Dr. Burnett will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyes after surgery.
Results of eyelid surgery are visible as swelling and bruising subside, and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. While surgery cannot prevent your eyes from aging, most patients are satisfied with their results. Patients experience a more rested and youthful appearance.