Blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) can have surprisingly beneficial results for men and women whose eyes look tired and lifeless because of sagging upper eyelids or bags under the lower eyelids. Removing the bags and sags of your eyelids can reveal bright, clear eyes that have been concealed too long by excess skin and fat tissue. At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery, near Providence, Rhode Island, eyelid surgery with Dr. Lori Polacek can create a younger, more refreshed eye area with results that are natural looking and beautiful.
If you live in the Providence, Rhode Island area and eyelid surgery interests you, request a consultation and Dr. Polacek can answer your questions. Or phone us at (401) 331-0202 and we will discuss the best approach to address your specific needs.
Choosing Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is performed on patients of varying ages. Some people are genetically predisposed to saggy, “hooded” upper lids or bags beneath the eyes, while others develop them with age. Some patients choose to have both the upper and lower lids corrected in one procedure, while some choose either upper or lower.
Not everyone is a candidate for eyelift surgery. Patients who smoke, take certain medications or have serious medical conditions such as heart disease, blood clotting problems, diabetes or the tendency to form excessive scars should discuss potential risks with Dr. Polacek. However, innovations in eyelid surgery have made these procedures safer and more comfortable than ever.
Eyelid Surgery and Recovery
At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery, eyelid lift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation. You will sleep through the procedure and be able to return home the same day. The procedure typically takes between one to two hours depending on the amount of tissue to be removed and whether both the upper and lower eyelids are being lifted and can be combined with a brow lift for even better results.
Your eyes may feel tight for a day or two and any discomfort (which is usually minimal) can be relieved with medication. You will need to sleep with your head elevated for a night or two to reduce any swelling. Using a cold compress during the day will also help reduce any swelling. You may experience blurred vision for a few days.
Bruising and swelling will dissipate in about 10 days. You will need to avoid activities that cause dryness or irritation to your eyes, including wearing contact lenses. You may find that your eyes are sensitive to light for the first week, which is normal. You will be able to return to light activities within a few days. Many of Dr. Polacek’s eyelift patients choose to wait until their stitches are removed before returning to work.
During your consultation, Dr. Polacek will review your treatment options for eyelid surgery, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and aesthetic outcomes.