Your eyes can tell a lot about you. If yours are saying you look tired or sad, then eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) may be right for you. Here are seven things you may not know about eyelid surgery.
The best results are achieved with generally healthy, non-smoking patients. Smokers may be advised to stop using tobacco at least two weeks before and several weeks after surgery. Tobacco affects oxygenation and creates more surgical risk.
Patients should have realistic expectations. People who have a good understanding of what the procedure can and cannot do will fare better than others. Eyelid surgery can make your eyes look more open and youthful, but the procedure won’t alter the structure of the face.
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure. Surgery can take 1-2 hours depending on the anesthesia, which can be local with sedation or general anesthesia.
Revision surgery can correct a previous outcome. Sometimes Dr. Silverman needs to correct or revise a previously done surgery if you are not happy with the outcome of that procedure. You will have to wait at least six months before discussing revision surgery as you are continuing to deal with subsiding swelling and healing from the previous procedure.
You can return to work within 10 days. Recovery from eyelid surgery takes several weeks, but you will notice initially discomfort, bruising and swelling subsiding after a week. You will need to take it easy and rest that first week. You will put ointment on incisions for the first few days to prevent drying and support healing. Stitches are removed one week after surgery.
Watch sun exposure after surgery. Your eyes will be sensitive to sunlight, wind and other airborne irritants, so you will want to wear sunglasses with an eyelid sunblock for several weeks after surgery. Also, protect incision scars from sunlight for at least a year.
Results can last several years. Your eyes will gradually sag and droop over time thanks to aging, gravity and environmental factors. If you follow Dr. Silverman’s instructions, you should be able to maintain your results for a long time.