Eyelid surgery, or a blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove fat and excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes – features that make you look older and more tired than you feel and may even interfere with your vision. While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage.
The best candidate for eyelid surgery is men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 35 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
The surgery is a procedure that can be performed in our office under local anesthesia or at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. The surgery lasts one to two hours depending on if you’re having your upper or lower eyelids done or all four eyelids. You should be able to return to work in three days to one week depending on the amount of bruising you experience. You may return to work less than one week after surgery but you would still have your sutures in the incision site.
Eyelids surgery can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift.
If your vision is affected by the sagginess of your upper eyelids, your insurance may determine your surgery to be medically necessary. A visual fields test will need to be completed by an optometrist to determine if your impairment meets your insurance guidelines. If you do not meet insurance guidelines, eyelid surgery can be performed for cosmetic reasons.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
Plan to spend 30 minutes to one hour at your initial consultation with Dr. Mukerji. During this consultation, you will discuss your surgery goals, your plastic surgery options and go over the risks and benefits involved with your surgery. Your decision to have surgery is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it.
Prior to your consultation, make a list of questions. Many things will be covered during your consultation and it is easy to forget all the questions you had. Be sure to let us know if you smoke, the medications you take including vitamins, and any other health problems. Be aware that smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict which reduces blood flow, and the oxygen it carries, to the surgical area. When your blood supply is reduced, tissues heal more slowly and there is an increased risk of complications. If you smoke, Dr. Mukerji will let you know if you need to quit smoking prior to your surgery and for how long. If you are required to quit smoking prior to surgery, a nicotine test will be administered on the morning of your surgery.
Eyelids surgery is performed in Newbury Park, CA under general anesthesia.