A Closer Look at Eyelid Surgery

eyelid surgery You may notice excess skin and fat covering your upper eyelids as you age. Your lower eyelids may also have excess fat and skin on them. Sometimes, even without aging, you may have droopy eyelids or bags under your eyes. Eyelid surgery can correct these issues and is a popular procedure for many people. In addition to having one or more of the issues listed, you may also be a candidate for eyelid surgery if you lose the natural upper eyelid crease.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has many benefits, including giving your eyes a more youthful appearance. It can also help you see better if the excess skin and fat interfere with your peripheral vision. In many cases, the results of eyelid surgery can last up to 10 years — and in some cases, it has lasted longer.

What Happens Before Eyelid Surgery

Your doctor will take several steps before your eyelid surgery, including:

  • Going over your medical history and any medications you are taking.
  • Discussing your alcohol and tobacco use, if applicable.
  • Testing your vision.
  • Assessing tear production.
  • Discussing potential risks for eyelid surgery.
  • Reviewing various eyelid lift options.
  • Discussing how your doctor will perform the surgery.
  • Discussing what you can do before, during, and after surgery.
  • Answering your questions.

Restrictions After Eyelid Surgery

For the first week:

  • Stitches Removal: If non-dissolvable stitches are used, they are typically removed within the first week.
  • Swelling Reduction: Swelling and bruising start to subside, but some residual swelling may persist.
  • Avoiding Sun Exposure: Protecting the eyes from sun exposure is important during the initial recovery phase.

Some common restrictions and timeframes include:

  • Reading, watching television, or using a computer: 2-3 days after surgery.
  • Wearing makeup around your eyes: 7-10 days after surgery.
  • Driving: As soon as you feel comfortable with your vision and the amount of pain you have (if any).
  • Wearing Contact Lenses: 2-3 weeks after surgery.
  • Strenuous activity: Limited for three weeks after surgery.

It’s crucial to follow the specific post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. Individual recovery experiences may vary, and it’s essential to communicate openly with the medical team regarding any questions or concerns during the recovery period.

Where to Find Eyelid Surgery in Washington, D.C.

West End Plastic Surgery serves Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas. Our experienced team includes facial cosmetic and reconstructive specialist Dr. Lexie Wang. A board-certified surgeon, Dr. Wang was one of the two surgeons invited to train at the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wang, please request a consultation online or call 202-785-4187.


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