How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Eyelid surgery can be a standalone outpatient surgery or can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures.
- Lower Lid
Excess skin, fine lines and puffiness below the eyes are reduced by removing (or redistributing) excess fatty tissue, skin and muscle. This is done with a scalpel through an incision made just below the lower eyelashes or sometimes through the conjunctiva.
- Upper Lid
Excess skin is marked in the fold of the upper lid where the incision will be made. The resulting scar will fall into the fold and be nearly invisible.
Recovery and Post Operative Care
Stitches are removed after 4 or 5 days. Contact lens must not be worn for one week or longer post surgery.
For several weeks you will experience bruising and swelling. Ice packs will help alleviate the swelling and bruising after surgery. No heavy exertion or strenuous activity should be undertaken for 2-3 weeks. Sunglasses are required when you go outside in the sun.
Dryness, burning, itching or excessive tearing, sensitivity to light and possible blurred vision are a temporary inconvenience after eyelid surgery. Temporary eversion (a turning down of the lower lid) may occur but should be back to normal in a few weeks. Dr. Chartchai routinely does a tarsal suspension to prevent this complication. Bleeding and infection are the main risks, but are preventable.