The eyes are our most intriguing and revealing facial feature - they draw attention and convey expression. Through them, we not only see others but others see us as well. Our interest and how we feel physically or emotionally is reflected in our eyes. Unfortunately hereditary factors and the signs of aging can greatly impact the appearance of our eyes, so that what they reflect is not really how we feel.
If you are bothered by upper eyelids with excess, drooping skin that makes you appear sad or angry, or by eyes that look tired due to puffiness or bags, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. In general, eyelid surgery corrects the excess skin, tissue and fat that contribute to puffiness and bags in both the upper and lower eyelids, revealing a more youthful and energetic appearance.
This brochure presents an overview of cosmetic eyelid surgery. The best way to learn how eyelid surgery can help fulfill your personal goals is a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
» Where do I begin?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding region. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about eyelid surgery in a non-pressured environment, and will include:
Your plastic surgeon will also answer your questions
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of cosmetic eyelid surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success of your procedure, safety and overall satisfaction requires that you
By making the decision to consult with a plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in assuring your safety.
Your plastic surgeon should have completed surgical training and examinations in plastic surgery which uniquely qualifies them to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and entire body
» My eyelid surgery
Like any cosmetic procedure, eyelid surgery requires an individualized approach. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate patient anatomy, the condition you wish to have corrected, what is causing the condition and your realistic goals for improvement
» Preparing for surgery
Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain the eyelid surgery procedure recommended for your specific case. Prior to surgery, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure your plastic surgeon that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and potential risks and complications
» Following surgery
Once your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
» Progress and healing
Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eye and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites is also possible
Your final results will appear over time, generally within several weeks. It may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally