Jul 15 2017
If you have drooping or bulging eyelids, you may want to consider what eyelid surgery can do to enhance your overall look. Formally referred to as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery can open up the eyes and provide a more youthful appearance. Here are the basics of what you should know about eyelid surgery.
- Is eyelid surgery done for only cosmetic reasons? Most often, those who elect to pursue eyelid surgery do so for cosmetic reasons. They prefer a more open and energetic look that can make them look years younger. In other cases, some individuals need an eyelid lift because the excess skin and fat in the eyelids are obscuring their vision. In cases relating to health, eyelid surgery may be covered by your insurance. If it is strictly cosmetic, it is likely that insurance will not pay for it.
- What are the possible complications? As with any surgery, it is important to be aware of the risks. Undesired results and problems are rare but can happen. These include bleeding, infection, dry eyes, abnormal eyelid folds, or vision loss. If you suspect you have any of these conditions post surgery, contact your doctor immediately.
- How can I prepare for eyelid surgery? Arrange your schedule so that you can stay home and recover for the first week after your surgery. This will allow your eyes to heal properly. Plan to have someone drive you home after the surgery and be sure someone can stay with you the night of. Occasionally, some patients experience dry eyes, but this will end after two weeks. If you have dry eyes for longer than that, reach out to your doctor and let them know. When you arrive home, have these items on hand and ready: over the counter painkillers, eye drops, ice packs, and clean washcloths.
- Do the results of eyelid surgery last forever? The lower lids rarely need to be redone. Due to the natural effects of aging, a skin may begin to accumulate and bulge on the upper lids about seven years after the surgery. In these cases, you may choose to get a second surgery on the upper eyelids.
If you have any questions about eyelid surgery, don’t hesitate to call us today to schedule a consultation. You can reach Dr. Jerome R. Potozkin’s office at 925-272-2695.