What is eyelid surgery?
The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes, as well as correct droopy eyelids.
In this procedure, the physician surgically removes excess fat, muscle and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye.
Some medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Thyroid problems
- Dry eyes
- Lack of sufficient tears
- High blood pressure
- Circulatory disorders
- Cardiovascular disease
- Detached retina
Each eyelid lift procedure varies; however, the following are general guidelines for the surgery:
- Surgeon's office-based surgical facility
- Outpatient surgery center
- Hospital outpatient (23 hour stay)
- Hospital inpatient
- General anesthesia
- Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed) for adults
Average length of procedure
Possible short-term side effects
- Eyelids may feel tight
- Eyelids may feel sore
Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following: