Eyelid surgery, commonly known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery done on the eyelids. It helps eliminate excess skin from upper eyelids and reduce bagginess on the lower ones.
It can also help solve vision problems, especially peripheral vision on the outer and upper parts of your visual field caused by severely sagging skin. It, however, does not eliminate crow’s feet, dark circles under your eyes, or other facial wrinkles.
How To Prepare Before the Procedure
The most important thing to do is stop taking blood-thinning medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. You should also quit smoking a few weeks before and have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
What To Expect During the Procedure
The first step to your eyelid surgery in Naperville is a consultation where the specialist asks about your medical history. You should tell them about any previous eye surgeries, past and current medical conditions, and medications.
You will also receive a physical exam, including visual field testing and an eye exam. They also take photos to compare the results and ask about your goals.
After administering anesthesia, the specialist makes an incision along your upper eyelid fold, removes excess muscle, skin, and possibly fat, and closes the incision.
For the lower eyelid, the specialist makes the incision just below your lashes or inside the lid. They then remove or redistribute excess skin, muscle, and fat, the close the incision.
Post-Procedure Expectations and Recovery
Below are some temporary side effects you might experience.
- Watery eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Numb, puffy eyelids
- Discomfort or pain
- Swelling and bruising
Avoid wearing contacts, rubbing your eyes, smoking, or strenuous activities until your surgeon says otherwise. You can use a cool compress to avoid swelling, sleep with your head slightly elevated, use prescribed ointments or eye drops, and wear dark sunglasses.