What to Expect During the Surgery
Blepharoplasty does not require intense hospitalization and this is an outpatient surgery. Local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia is administered. Anesthesia ensures that the eyelid region becomes numb during the procedure so that the patient can be comfortable.
Some cases require correction of both upper and lower eyelids, while others only require correction of a single lid or set of lids.
The incisions on the lower eyelids are made either right below the lash line or on the inner side of the eyelid.
After the incisions have been created, the surgeon will have access to the underlying bulging fat and drooping tissues. The excess fat, skin, and muscle tissue will be removed, tightened, or repositioned as needed.
You will be able to return home the same day as your procedure. It will be important to arrange in advance for a ride home from a friend or family member, along with some help with everyday activities for a short time.
While your eyelids are healing, avoid too much sun exposure and protect your eyelids with sunglasses and proper application of sunscreen.
A degree of bruising and swelling will occur around the treated region. This will be temporary, and ice packs and other pain-relief methods may be suggested. You may also experience dry eyes, which can be moistened with prescribed ointment or other recommended solutions.