Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the
eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle. (Upper-eyelid surgery may be
covered by insurance if used to correct visual field defects)
Length: 1 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: Usually locally with sedation or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling,
bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing,
sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling
at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Formation of whiteheads. Slight
asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely
permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery).
Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact
lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: about 3 weeks.
Bruising and swelling gone: several weeks.
Duration of Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.