Men and women affected by the effects of time and age may find that their eyes are no longer as bright and vibrant as they once were. This is often due to the loosening of skin and muscle around the eye, which then allows small fatty deposits beneath the skin to become highly visible. Some people experience such drooping that their vision becomes impaired. Droopy eyelids, as well as under-eye bags, can be treated successfully with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery may be performed on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both in the same procedure. Dr. Kwan determines the best treatment plan during an in-depth consultation in which you are able to discuss your areas of concern, as well as your overall desired outcome. Regardless of the exactness of the procedure, incisions could be closed with tiny sutures, tape, or, in some cases, be left to heal naturally. If sutures are used to close incisions, they will dissolve over a few days time, so you will not have to visit your doctor for removal.
Most of the time, eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed under anesthesia in our New York facility. As the effects of medication wears off, patients are able to leave our surgical facility with a responsible driver to begin their at-home recovery.
Swelling is a normal byproduct of most types of surgery. Because the eyes are a highly visible area, it is understandable that you would want to do all that you can to minimize swelling following eyelid surgery. Some of the ways in which swelling can be minimized include:
The main issue with returning to work is not pain, but aesthetics. The eyes may look slightly bruised for a week or two following eyelid surgery. Most people arrange to take at least a week to ten days away from normal obligations and work activities, allowing their skin to return to a bright, healthy appearance. Because no makeup should be worn for at least a week following blepharoplasty, there is no way to mask the appearance of bruising during this first week of recovery.
Dr. Edmund Kwan has more than eighteen years experience in the field of cosmetic surgery. Revive your appearance in the most natural way. Contact our office in Manhattan, New Jersey, or Flushing for your consultation.