Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Las Vegas

Eyelid Surgery is used to remove fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure is great for taking years off a persons appearance and in making one look less fatigued by eliminating bags from under the eyes. The lower lid can also be tightened in the corner of the eye socket to correct laxity of the tone of the lower eyelid. Eyelid surgery is not used to correct the wrinkling of the corner of the eye, commonly known as ‘crows feet’ or dark areas in the lower eyelid.

The Consultation

Dr. Parker will need to gather a thorough medical history to decide if you are a candidate for this procedure. There are certain conditions in particular which can put you potentially at risk, which include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, thyroid disorders, or a history of dryness of the eyes. If you are taking medications, you will need to make sure you can provide the Doctor with specific information regarding any types of medication, including medicine types, dosages and frequency taken.If you wear corrective lenses of an type, or if you have had any prior surgery to your eyelid or eye muscle, be sure to inform the Doctor at this time.

Doctor Parker will conduct an examination of both the upper and lower eyelids to determine any possible issues which could impact eyelid aging, such as the effect of the eyebrows and the skin itself. A test of the tear ducts and a vision exam might be done at this time, as necessary. The Doctor will provide to the patient the benefits of eyelid surgery and the limitations. Alternatives or additional procedures might be suggested at this time.

Pre-Procedure

Patients must refrain from ingesting medications or substances which could potentially cause surgical complications. A list of medications should be reviewed and discontinued at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Report any and all infections which arise prior to operation, however minor they might seem. This is imperative to avoid infections during surgery.Antibiotics are prescribed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of surgical wound infection. You will also receive prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication for after the surgery is completed.

Preoperative photos will be taken to show your progress. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent which enumerates the risks of the procedure in detail. These risks will be explained herein and also at the consultation.

You will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from your procedure. Patients cannot operate motor vehicles after surgery. You will need arrange the assistance of someone for at least 24 hours after surgery.

The Procedure

Patients are under a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation. You will not feel the injections of local anesthetic, and you will be very drowsy throughout the procedure. Continuous monitoring of your vital signs is carried out throughout the operation.

Excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed. The skin is then closed with very fine sutures. If you do not require removal of any skin from the lower eyelids, the Doctor will remove the bulging fat pads through a small incision inside the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. This is usually the case in patients with younger, more elastic skin, and may be combined with a chemical or laser skin resurfacing procedure. Occasionally, the lower eyelid is very lax, and removal of any amount of skin could result in a pulling down of the lid, or ectropion. In this circumstance, Doctor Parker may elect to perform what is called a lateral canthoplasty. In this procedure, the actual lid structure is tightened up to the bone of the eye socket near the outer corner. This may result in a change in the shape of your eyelid which can be permanent, and will lengthen your recovery. There is an additional fee for this procedure as well.

Following your procedure, you will be monitored briefly in the recovery room, and you will then be released.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery Period

You will have lubricating ointment placed in your eyes, which may blur your vision temporarily. You will need to apply light weight ice cold compresses to your eyes for the first three days. You should avoid using your eyes and try to get as much rest as possible during the first week after surgery Keep yourself propped up during sleep or sleep in a reclining chair. Blood pressure needs to be kept under control.

Avoid blinking your eyes, reading, watching television, or using a computer for the first week. Take this opportunity to catch up on your sleep and avoid any interruptions which may cause you stress.

Swelling and bruising usually lasts for ten to fourteen days, but makeup can be applied as a camouflage after the first week. Always use sunglasses, as you may be very sensitive to light for a while. Avoid contact lenses for a week or so. The eyes may fatigue easily for several weeks after surgery, due to any residual swelling in the tissues.

You should avoid strenuous activities such as bending, lifting, and sports for about six weeks. Healing is a gradual process and it usually takes six weeks to three months. Most people return to work in a week being able to maintain confidentiality by using concealing makeup.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does eyelid surgery effect your Vision?
Eyelid surgery does not have an effect on vision or on the eyeball. It is a good idea to consult your optometrist before getting an eyelid procedure to assure there are not any underlying visual problems.

2. Eyelids are Hanging Over My Eyes. Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Definitely. The removal of upper eyelid skin and fat will solve your problem.

3. Appearance is important for my work. How long will I need to take off?
Allow around two to three weeks for the swelling to subside before returning back to work.

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