EYELID SURGERY (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid Surgery or a blepharoplasty is a procedure that corrects saggy skin and puffy bags around the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This outpatient procedure takes approximately 1 hour and is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation; sometimes general anesthesia. Side effects include temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising, temporary dryness, burning, or itching of the eyes, excessive tearing and/or sensitivity to light for the first few weeks. Risks include temporary blurred or double vision, infection, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, tiny whiteheads, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, difficulty in closing the eyes completely (rarely permanent, but may require further surgery), and blindness (extremely rare). Patients are normally back to reading in 2 to 3 days and back to work in 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses can usually be worn after 2 weeks and patients can return to strenuous activities in about 3-4 weeks. Eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if it is necessary to improve a patient’s vision. A field of vision examination by an ophthalmologist is required in these cases. Learn more about eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.