Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that repairs droopy, hooded upper eyelids and puffy bags and/or extra skin below the eyes. It can be done on your upper lids or lower lids or both.

As you age, the eyelids stretch and the muscles weaken. As a result you may have fat gathering above and/or below your eyelids which can cause sagging brows, drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes. This can make you appear tired and aged. Eyelid surgery performed at our Kamloops plastic surgery office removes the excess skin and fat and supports the weakened muscle making you look younger, more awake and refreshed. 

Tightness of the lids is a normal side-effect after eyelid surgery, and some discomfort is likely. The patient will experience bruising and swelling, particularly at the corners of the lids, that may persist for two to three weeks. Dryness, itching and burning may last about as long, and the patient may have temporary eyesight problems, such as double or blurred vision. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light and wind are common, but should disappear within a few weeks. Tiny whiteheads, called milia, may appear, but they are easily removed, and often disappear on their own.

As with any invasive procedure, there is always the risk of infection. Occasionally the tightness of the lids will prevent you from closing his/her eyes completely, but this problem nearly always resolves with time. Ectropion (a pulling-down and turning outward of the lower lids) is a rare complication that could require further surgery to correct.

After eyelid surgery, you must refrain from wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks. Eyedrops may be necessary to lubricate dry eyes. You can resume reading and watching television in two to three days, go back to work after a week or 10 days and resume strenuous activities another week after that.

Visit us at our Kamloops plastic surgery office to discuss blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), as well as see more before and after photos, and see if the procedure is right for you.

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