Are you considering eyelid surgery to address drooping eyelids or under-eye bags? Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, a common cosmetic procedure, can significantly improve the appearance of your eyes. Here’s an in-depth look at what you can expect during the blepharoplasty procedure, from preparation to post-operative care.

Top Reasons for Undergoing Blepharoplasty

People choose blepharoplasty to address various concerns, including drooping upper eyelids that impair vision, puffy eyes caused by excess fat deposits, and under-eye bags contributing to a tired appearance. The procedure effectively enhances the aesthetic appeal of the eyes, making them look more youthful and refreshed while potentially improving eyesight.

The Surgical Process

Pre-operative preparation

Before your surgery, you’ll undergo a thorough consultation with an experienced oculofacial surgeon like Dr. Ioannis Glavas at the Glavas Center. It includes a medical history review, a physical examination of your eyes, and discussions about your expectations and potential outcomes. You might also have to undergo specific eye tests to check if you’re a good candidate for the surgery.

Preparing for surgery

To prepare for eyelid surgery, avoid blood-thinning medications and smoking, arrange for transportation on the day of surgery, and follow specific pre-surgical instructions provided by the doctor. Ensure your home is set up for a comfortable recovery.

Anesthesia options

On the day of the surgery, anesthesia will be administered for your comfort. The options typically include local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the procedure and your preference.

Surgical techniques

The surgery involves making precise incisions in the natural creases of your eyelids. For the upper eyelids, the incision is made within the natural fold, allowing the removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles, and removal of excess skin. For the lower eyelids, the incision is either made just below the lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The latter, a transconjunctival incision, is often used when only fat needs to be removed or redistributed.

In his practice serving patients in Boston, Beverly, and New York City, a well-trained eye plastic surgeon like Dr. Glavas uses advanced techniques to minimize visible scarring and give you a natural look.

Recovery and Aftercare

Immediate postoperative care

After the surgery, your eyes will be lubricated with ointment, and you may have bandages. Swelling and bruising are common, and they can be managed with cold compresses and prescribed medication.

Ongoing recovery

You must keep your head elevated for a few days and follow specific instructions for cleaning and caring for the surgical site. Activities such as heavy lifting, bending, or strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks to prevent complications. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing process.

Aftercare tips

  • Rest – Give your body adequate time to heal.
  • Eye care – Use prescribed eye drops and ointments to keep your eyes lubricated and reduce the risk of infection.
  • Sun protection – Protect your eyes from direct sunlight, and use darkly tinted sunglasses outside.

Potential Risks and Complications

While the blepharoplasty procedure is generally safe, like many surgeries, it has risks. Potential complications can include infection, dry eyes, difficulty closing your eyes, or noticeable scarring. Discussing these risks with a trusted surgeon like Dr. Glavas during your consultation will help you make an informed decision. Adhering to pre- and post-operative instructions can minimize these risks.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to learn more about how blepharoplasty can rejuvenate your eyes, consult Dr. Ioannis Glavas at the Glavas Center, helping patients in Boston, Beverly, and New York City. Our staff is here to guide you through every step of the eyelid surgery process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Glavas.