Facial & Eyelid Surgery
Many people opt for eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to get rid of drooping skin that hangs over their upper eyelids or to reduce baggy skin that has collected under their lower eyelids. Correcting the eyelids through surgery can add years of life back to a person’s face, making them look younger and more refreshed. In the case of upper eyelid surgery, it can also fix vision problems caused by hanging skin obstructing the eyes.
Droopy upper eyelids and baggy, puffy lower lids are usually both caused by skin losing elasticity during the aging process. In the case of the upper eyelid, this creates an extra fold of skin which falls lower and nearer to the eyes over the years. This problem can also be caused by the fat inside the skull that acts as a cushion for our eyeball. Over time, the thin membrane that holds the fat into place can weaken, allowing the fat to protrude into the lids.
Eyelid surgery corrects these problems by removing excess, loose skin from the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. To discuss your expectations and goals with regard to eyelid surgery, contact our eye specialists at Metrolina Eye Associates.
Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
A good candidate for eyelid surgery should be in overall good health and free of serious eye conditions. Good candidates include people with the following conditions:
- Loose skin hanging over eyes from upper lids
- Puffy upper eyelids
- Bags or puffiness under the eyes
- Creases or folds under the eyes
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure and typically takes one to two hours to perform. You can go home immediately following the surgery, but you should have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first night.
The eyelid surgery procedure is performed under local anesthesia (a painkiller that is injected in the area around the eye) along with oral sedatives. For upper eyelids, an incision is made in the natural crease, or fold, of the lid and excess fat is removed from the lid, along with loose muscle or skin. For lower eyelids, the incision is made either behind the lid for a non-visible scar or in a line between the lash line and smile crease under the lid. Excess fat and skin are removed from that area. Stitches are then used to close the incisions.
The Recovery Process
Some minor swelling and bruising may occur immediately following surgery, but this should subside within one to two weeks. Use an ice pack and keep your head elevated while sleeping to help with swelling. During this time, you should also use artificial tears and the antibiotic ointment prescribed by your doctor. Avoid strenuous activities, including exercise, for a few days after surgery. You will need to visit your doctor about seven to 10 days after surgery to get your stitches removed.
Schedule an Appointment
The doctors at Metrolina Eye Associates can diagnose and treat a wide variety of eyelid disorders, including a drooping lid on one or both sides (ptosis), lashes that are turned in or out (entropion and ectropion), problems with excess tearing, styes and any unwanted skin lesions. For more information on eyelid surgery, schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified eye doctors. If you live in the Matthews, Stallings or South Charlotte area of North Carolina, call our local office at (704) 234-1930. If you’re in the Monroe area of North Carolina, call our local office at (704) 289-5455. Our Indian Land office in South Carolina is now open and we’re accepting new patients! Call (803) 547-EYES (3937).