Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can enhance your appearance and self-confidence by eliminating droopy or sagging eyelids. As people age, the eyelid stretches and muscles weaken causing fat to accumulate around the eyes, causing "bags", or excess skin to become prominent. During your consultation with Dr. Shadid, he will assess which of the four eyelids (top and bottom for both eyes) require the procedure.
With the upper eyelids, excess skin is removed to help regain the sharp crease of a youthful eye. With the lower eyelids, there are several techniques that can be used to tighten the wrinkled skin, remove the bulging fat pads, and fill in the hollowness below the eye. Dr. Shadid will help you choose the technique that is most appropriate for your needs.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Generally patients for this procedure are 35 years or older. However, if sagging eyelids run in your family, it may be advisable to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia. The actual surgery takes one to three hours. The incisions made during the surgery follow the natural lines of your eye.
After your surgery, you will feel a tightness in your eyes. An ointment and a bandage will cover your eyes. A cold compress and elevation will help keep the swelling and bruising down. For the first few weeks following your surgery, you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and temporary changes in your vision such as blurring or double vision. Dr. Shadid uses dissolvable sutures, which do not need to be removed after surgery. This allows the most comfortable recovery possible.