Restore Your Youthful Appearance in Milwaukee, WI
This procedure is designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids, removing fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper eyelid skin and puffy bags in the lower eyelids, restoring a more alert and youthful appearance. Patients with redundant, loose eyelid skin and bags often complain that they look tired. Blepharoplasty provides a more rested, alert and refreshed appearance. Eyelid surgery does not remove crow’s feet wrinkles, dark circles, or lift sagging eyebrows; those problems need to be addressed with other procedures.
Most blepharoplasty surgeries are performed for cosmetic reasons, but the surgery may be covered by insurance if patients have significant drooping that interferes with their vision. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics, 169,708 blepharoplasty procedures were performed in 2015, making this the fourth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure.
Blepharoplasty can be performed alone, or in combination with other facial surgery procedures such as facelift or brow lift. The best candidates for eyelid surgery are those people with droopy, baggy eyelids. Most patients are older than 35 years of age. Patients will discuss whether all four eyelids should be lifted, or just the upper or lower eyelids; in addition to whether any additional procedures are appropriate. To optimize and maintain your surgical results we recommend a preoperative skin evaluation and rejuvenation consultation, as well as postoperative follow-up, with our aesthetician.
A few medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, Grave’s Disease, dry eye syndrome, and high blood pressure make blepharoplasty more risky.
If you would like to schedule a consult to discuss whether blepharoplasty is right for you please call our office at 414-443-0033.
Post Operative Instructions and Information for Eyelid Surgery:
- Blepharoplasty procedures are performed under intravenous sedation, with supplemental local anesthesia, as an outpatient procedure.
- Eyelid surgery will take several hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. The incisions in the eyelids follow the natural skin creases and heal extremely well. Your surgeon separates the skin and muscle from the underlying fat, removes excess fat, and then trims away the excess skin and muscle. The incisions are closed with fine sutures.
- Patients must have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first night
- After surgery, patients will be given instructions regarding incision care and how to cleanse the face. Elevate the head and use cool compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. Your doctor may also recommend eye drops to help keep the eyes moistened.
- The majority of swelling and bruising resolves within 1-2 weeks after surgery. Contact lenses may be worn after the acute swelling has resolved at 3-5 days post-operatively.
- Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, temporary changes in eyesight, blurring and double vision may be present transiently after surgery. Plan to remain off work for one week after surgery.
- Plan on remaining off work for 2-3 weeks after surgery.
- Patients return to the doctor’s office at 1 and 2 weeks, and 1 and 3 months, after surgery.
- Several fine sutures will need to be removed one week after surgery. Use of a skin moisturizer and eyelid massage techniques will then be discussed.
- Concealing makeup may be applied 24 hours after the sutures have been removed.
- Avoid strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Your doctor will instruct you when you may begin a gradual return to activities. Patients generally return to an unrestricted activity level by 6 weeks after surgery.
- Patients should avoid sun exposure for several months after surgery. Daily use of a sunscreen is recommended, especially when outdoors for more than 10 minutes.