Blepharoplasty (commonly called an eyelid lift) is a procedure that corrects cosmetic problems caused by excess tissue and skin around one’s eyelids. Often combined with a facelift or brow lift, a blepharoplasty procedure can rejuvenate the eye area and improve your overall appearance.
Indications for Blepharoplasty
During a consultation, Dr. Morse can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. Most patients who undergo this procedure are over the age of 35 and exhibit conditions such as:
- Tired appearance
- Excess eyelid skin (dermatochalasis)
- Baggy eyelids or “eye bags”
In some cases, the doctor may recommend that you see your eye doctor for a medical evaluation before proceeding with eyelid surgery. Notify Dr. Morse if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or medical problems of the eye.
Your Blepharoplasty Procedure With Dr. Morse
Blepharoplasty requires about 1-3 hours of operating time. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning you should be discharged and sent home the same day. Under local anesthesia, the doctor makes very precise incisions in the natural lines of the eyelid. Above the eye, the incision is placed within the eyelid creases. Below the eye, the incision can be placed directly below the eyelashes or inside the eyelid (the transconjunctivital technique).
Dr. Morse carefully separates the skin from the underlying tissue. The stretched excess skin is removed, along with a small amount of fat and muscle tissue. Using fine sutures, Dr. Morse closes the incisions. He then lubricates the eyes and applies a bandage.
What to Expect After Blepharoplasty
Your recovery should take about ten days, during which you will feel some tightness and soreness in the eyelids. Discomfort can be managed with a prescription pain medication. The doctor will give you specific post-operative instructions, including steps to:
- Keep your head elevated
- Use cold compresses to minimize swelling
- Postpone exercise and contact lens wear for several weeks
To discuss the benefits, costs, and possible side effects of blepharoplasty, please schedule a personal consultation with plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Martin Morse.