Aging, sun exposure and some medical conditions can cause eyelids to droop. This can make you look older than you feel, and even affect your vision. Surgery to correct this condition is called blepharoplasty.
For the upper eyelid procedure, an incision is made along the natural crease on your eyelid to conceal the scar. Excess skin is removed, muscles tightened and fat deposits re-positioned to restore a natural, more youthful appearance to your eye.
Lower eyelid surgery involves an incision just below the lower lashes. As with the upper eyelid procedure, excess skin is removed and fat can be re-positioned or removed. An alternative lower eyelid procedure uses a transconjunctival incision, which is made inside the lower eyelid. With this method, excess fat can be removed or redistributed without removing any skin.
Our surgeons will provide instructions for how to care for your eyes after your surgery. You can use cold compresses to relieve swelling, and lubricating ointment can help if your eyes feel dry or irritated. For most people, full recovery from eyelid surgery takes about three to four weeks.