Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift
Blepharoplasty is the technical name for an eyelid lift. This can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids. Both men and women seek a blepharoplasty to solve the following problems:
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping eyelids
- Vision problems associated with puffy eyelids
- Fullness under or above the eyes
Think carefully about your expectations and desires and discuss them with Dr. Stiller. A thorough understanding and explanation of what you are looking for is critical to you and your results. Your consultation is a time for you to communicate your expectations to Dr. Stiller and to work together to choose the best procedure for you.
This is the time for you to become comfortable with Dr. Stiller and the staff at Linea. You should express your desires and expectations for the surgical procedure. Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical technique. Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure and will explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.
All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks. Listed below are some of the potential risks/complications:
- Bleeding- As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discus any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.
- Infection- Infection is relatively uncommon. Antibiotics will be given to you during the surgery and will usually be taken after the surgery.
- Ectropion- Pulling of the eyelid causing more sclereal appearance
- Asymmetry- There may be assumetry in some areas.
During your consultation an explanation of pre-operative and post-operative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Linea staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery. You should wear a button down or zipper front shirt and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers. You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia. For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time. You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
A Blepharoplasty can be performed with sedation or general anesthesia.
You will likely feel tired and sore for a few days following the Blepharoplasty, but we want you walking immediately after the surgery. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed pain medications. Sleep with your head elevated to decrease the amount of swelling.
Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a few days. Dr. Stiller will direct you regarding resuming exercise and normal activities during your follow-up evaluations.
The decision for a Blepharoplasty is a very personal choice. The most important thing is how you feel. If your goals have been met, then your Blepharoplasty was a success. However, it is very important to continue follow-ups as recommended by Dr. Stiller.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)