As we age, problems with vision can begin to occur. Although these problems often pertain to the eye itself, in some cases the problem may be caused by the eyelids stretching and the muscles surrounding the eyelids weakening. These issues, which can be addressed effectively through a form of eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty, involve the skin dripping above or below the eyelids, creating the appearance of aging at best, and impaired vision at worst.
The condition of sagging or dripping eyelids is referred to as Ptosis. With this condition, the eyelids sag downward, interfering with the person’s peripheral vision. The excessive skin blocks this field of vision and can prevent an individual from safely driving a vehicle or performing other routine tasks.
Although other treatments may be helpful, blepharoplasty may be the perfect solution in many cases. Also referred to as uneven eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery, this procedure can restore a more youthful appearance as well as the individual’s field of vision if it is obstructed.
An eyelid surgery procedure can last anywhere between one to three hours. Because the main goal is to correct the eyelid, excess fat, skin and muscles are what is removed from the eye by first placing an incision around the upper eyelid creases. Depending on patient needs, sometimes incisions in the skin along the outer lower rim of the eye are also made.
Most patients can return home a few hours after the procedure is complete. The recovery time is often based on if a person remained awake during the procedure by choosing a local anesthesia or if they were asleep during the procedure using general anesthesia. Both options are available.
Patients generally recover from eyelids surgery within several weeks. Stitches are removed within 2 to 7 days of the procedure. It is important to get plenty of rest during the first week after the surgery. The swelling and redness which is common after a Blepharoplasty should dissipate with time.