Your Top Eyelid Surgery Questions Answered
Eyelid surgery is one of the top five cosmetic procedures in the U.S., with more than 209,000 performed in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you have considered eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty), take a look at the questions to ask first.
What Type of Eyelid Surgery Do You Need?
Three main types of eyelid procedures exist: Upper eyelid, lower eyelid, and double eyelid blepharoplasty. The specific type you choose depends on several factors and the doctor’s recommendation.
How Can You Choose the Right Blepharoplasty Procedure?
Before you can make any major decisions, you need to have a candid conversation with your surgeon. Along with a physical exam, the doctor will want to know why you’ve chosen this surgery and what you hope to accomplish by it. This type of goal-setting discussion can help you to find the perfect procedure for your individual needs.
If you have vision loss due to droopy or sagging eyelids or you want a more rounded eye appearance, an upper lid lift is a top option. But if you have concerns about undereye bags or wrinkles in the undereye area, a lower lid surgery is an alternative to explore.
What should you do if you want a rounded eye, have sagging at the top and bags on the bottom, or would like to address wrinkles and folds everywhere around the eye area? If you have both top and bottom issues or want to change the shape of the eye area, you may need a double eyelid surgery. Like the name implies, this procedure includes the top and bottom lids in the same surgery.
Do Surgical Risks Exist?
Every surgery or medical procedure comes with some level of risk. But that doesn’t mean you should feel anxious about the surgery or choose not to have it. The doctor will evaluate your health history and perform a physical exam to make sure you are healthy enough for surgery.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top risks of this type of surgery include anesthesia concerns, swelling, facial bruising, eye dryness, light sensitivity, infection, outward rolling of the lower lid, problems closing the eyes, pulling down of the lower lid, vision changes, skin sensitivity changes, numbness, scarring, or persistent pain.
Along with these issues, you may have other risks (depending on your health history and current health). Talk to your doctor about the risks involved in your specific surgery. The surgeon can provide you with a risk versus benefit analysis as you weight your surgical options.
What Does the Recovery Include?
After you decide on a surgery, take some time to familiarize yourself with what to expect after the procedure. Again, you may have after-effects, such as pain, swelling, bruising, or sensitivity in the area.
Talk to the doctor about what is expected and what requires immediate medical attention. Bring excessive swelling, persistent pain, signs of infection, or bleeding that won’t stop to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible — even if you need to reach them after regular business hours or on the weekend.
The doctor may recommend a lubricating ointment to use on the area. You may also need to use cold compresses. These can reduce swelling and bruising or ease minor discomfort. Along with topical ointment, the doctor may also prescribe oral pain or anti-infection medications.
While recovery times vary by individual patient, provided you have no other medical conditions or concerns, you’ll likely feel comfortable going out of the house (and into public) several days post-surgery. Full results and complete healing typically take longer.
Are you ready for an eyelift surgery consultation? Contact Renaissance Center for Facial and Body Sculpting for more information.