What is Eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is an outpatient procedure that is performed to correct or lift the drooping of the upper eyelids and/or reduce the puffiness below the eyes by removing excess fat and skin. This procedure will not remove crow's feet or other wrinkles, nor will it eliminate dark circles under the eyes or lift sagging eyebrows. Dr. Rhee can perform eyelid surgery for both the upper and lower eyelids individually or at the same time.
What possible side effects can I expect?
Side effects can include, temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, eye dryness, burning, itching, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light.
What does recovery entail?
In general, your eyelids will hurt very little unless they are disturbed. It is recommended that you try to minimize reading, squinting, or rubbing your eyes. Dark sunglasses are mandatory in any bright light setting to prevent the discomfort and swelling associated with squinting.
Vision: Contact Lenses cannot be worn for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Occasionally, patients will also experience mild changes in visual acuity but these will eventually resolve. For this reason, it is a good idea to wait 2-3 months after eyelid surgery before having your eyeglass prescription changed. Similarly, some patients experience temporary dryness after eyelid surgery, which can be treated with over-the-counter "artificial tears" as needed.
Activity: Rest quietly in bed or in a reclining chair with your held elevated for the first 48 hours. Unnecessary activity will encourage swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Avoid exercise and exertion for the first 2 weeks.