The eyes are the most important elements of youthfulness in a person’s appearance, so it’s no wonder that blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is the third most common procedure performed for both men and women. Excess skin, puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and droopiness can be corrected through blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, laser resurfacing, micro-fat injections, and/or a forehead lift to achieve optimal results.
During the initial consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, you should clearly express what you expect from the eyelid surgery process. We will explain what the procedure can accomplish, and we will obtain information about your medical history, medications you take, and any allergies you may have.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery can usually be performed at our West Texas office as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. For surgery of the upper eyelid, the incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper lid, and extra tissue is removed. Because the incision is in the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be very well hidden after it heals.
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision can be placed inside the lower lid or on the lower lid just below the eyelashes. Wherever the incision is placed, it usually heals very well and scars are almost impossible to see. Through the incision, excessive tissue may be removed or fat may be distributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After eyelid surgery at our West Texas practice, patients are generally able to go home the same day, and can go back to normal activities within a few days. The surgery itself may temporarily decrease the sensation in the eyelid skin or it may cause some dryness or irritation to the eye. Though the incisions heal in a few days, swelling and bruising may take a few weeks to completely disappear. It is important not to take medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen for two weeks before the surgery because of the potential increase in bleeding.