Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Changes to the eyelid due to UV light exposure and the natural aging process can lead to aesthetic concerns about the look of the eye area and, in severe cases, cause medical problems. At Eye Doctors of Washington, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can address both cosmetic and medical concerns associated with sagging excess skin, fat accumulation, or drooping eyelid muscles (a condition known as ptosis). After blepharoplasty, patients often notice a more youthful and rested look around their eyes – and the procedure may even improve their field of vision.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty can restore the function and form of the eyelids. The procedure can resolve vision obstructions due to the eyelids intruding on the field of vision as well as providing significant aesthetic improvements. The benefits of this surgery can include:
- Eliminating excess skin (sagging eyelids)
- Eliminating fat (“bags” or bulges above or below the eye)
- Lifting drooping eyelid muscles (a process called blepharoptosis)
- Restoring impaired vision
- Achieving a rested, revitalized, and youthful appearance
Occasionally, the dropping of the eyelids may be so extreme that patients experience fatigue due to the effort required to keep their eyes open. These patients, who often use their eyebrows or forehead muscles to lift their brow in order to see more clearly, can notice significant relief after eyelid surgery when this extra strain is no longer necessary.
Our experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Mary Catherine Fischer developed a preoperative care program that utilizes natural products to assist in the healing process. Blepharoplasty patients begin taking 2000 mg of Vitamin C, Bromelain, and Arnica Montana three days prior to surgery. These natural healing supplements are intended to minimize any post-operative swelling and bruising. Our eye doctors also recommend that blepharoplasty patients avoid any medication that can thin the blood – such as baby aspirin or Coumadin – two weeks before surgery.
Some patients may experience tearing, itching, or burning of the eyes after blepharoplasty. Additional temporary conditions resulting from the procedure include dry eyes, light sensitivity, and blurred or double vision. Our ophthalmologists will give detailed instructions on how to address these concerns during the consultation process, should they arise. Patients typically resume their normal daily routines 3-5 days after surgery, though we recommend avoiding strenuous activities or exercise for two weeks. You will likely notice an immediate change after surgery, the final results of your procedure will not be fully visible until several weeks after your blepharoplasty. At that time, you should see significant improvements in both the aesthetics and function of your eyes, ultimately revitalizing your appearance for a more youthful look.
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