What is eyelid surgery?
The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes. It can also correct droopy eyelids.
In this procedure, the doctor surgically removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye.
Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery
Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Temporary vision problems. Double or blurred vision may occur after undergoing eyelid surgery. This typically lasts for just a few days following the surgery.
Eye closure problems. Some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep; in rare cases this condition may be permanent. This can result in dry eyes.
Swelling or asymmetry changes. Temporary swelling and a slight imbalance of one eye in relation to the other may occur during the healing or scarring process.
Acne. After the stitches are removed, tiny whiteheads may appear. The surgeon can remove the whiteheads with a very fine needle.
Ectropion. Rolling or sagging of the lower eyelid away from the eye.
Hematoma. A collection of blood can put pressure on the eye resulting in permanent vision loss.
Who are candidates for eyelid surgery?
Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who meet the following criteria:
Realistic in their expectations
Some medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky, including, but not limited to, the following:
Lack of sufficient tears
High blood pressure
About the procedure
Although each procedure varies, eyelid surgeries generally cover the following considerations:
Where the procedure can be done
Surgeon's office-based surgical facility
Outpatient surgery center
Anesthesia options may include:
Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake, but relaxed) for adults
How long is the procedure?
Several hours or longer
Some possible short-term side effects of surgery
Eyelids may feel tight
Eyelids may feel sore
June 29, 2018
Goode, Paula, RN, BSN, MSN,Lickstein, David, MD