Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure for treating puffiness, wrinkles and fat around the eyes for a more youthful appearance. Depending on the specific problem areas, surgery can be performed on just the upper or lower eyelid or both. At the Visione 360 Eye & Cosmetic Institute, Dr. Dennis Reiter is your experienced eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX. Before undergoing any procedure, it can be helpful to know the answers to several frequently asked questions about eyelid surgery.
What problems can eyelid surgery correct?
Eyelid surgery can be used to target the signs of aging around the eyes. Problems typically treated during eyelid surgery include drooping and sagging of the eyelids, bags, wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. Eyelid surgery can also be used to remove fat deposits that have formed around the eyes. The goal of eyelid surgery for many patients is to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes. Your eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX, can help you determine how eyelid surgery can benefit you.
How long is the procedure for eyelid surgery?
The procedure for eyelid surgery usually takes between one and three hours. Total time depends on whether or not both the upper and lower lids are being treated. Eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and/or sedation. In most cases, patients return home the same day.
How long does recovery take?
The eyes will be sensitive for several days following eyelid surgery. You might experience sensitivity to light, blurry or double vision, regular tears, puffiness and numbness. Most of these symptoms will dissipate within a few days, while others might take a few weeks to resolve. Patients can return to normal activity approximately one week after surgery but should wait a bit longer before engaging in strenuous activities, such as weight lifting. If you have permanent stitches, those will be removed in about five to seven days after surgery.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks. The risks are relatively minor and include temporarily experiencing blurry or double vision, minor swelling and small white pimples or blemishes around the eyes. If surgery is performed on both eyes, they can temporarily appear asymmetrical should they heal at different rates from one another.
Eyelid surgery can help restore a more youthful appearance by minimizing or eliminating sagging, puffiness, wrinkles and other signs of aging around the eyes. Dr. Reiter is your experienced eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX. To schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery, contact the Visione 360 Eye & Cosmetic Institute by calling (915) 532-3937.