What to expect from eyelid surgery

People body language facial emotion expressions people person concept. Close up portrait of excited lovely delightful cute confident manager making ok sign isolated on gray background coy-space If your eyes are making you look more tired or older than you actually are, then it may be time to discuss eyelid surgery with your doctor. Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is a popular outpatient cosmetic surgery that benefits many people–men and women alike–over the age of 40.

Read on to learn more about this surgery and how it could benefit you.


Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed using local anesthesia with sedation. It takes about 1-3 hours to complete depending upon how extensive it is. If you have having eyelid surgery performed in combination with other procedures, you may have to stay in the hospital overnight. 

During the surgery, small incisions are made along the natural creases of the upper eyelids. Excess fat is removed or repositioned, while muscle is tightened and excess muscle is trimmed. Sagging skin is trimmed as well before the incisions are closed with tiny stitches. On the lower eyelids, incisions are made at the lower lash line or just behind the lid in some cases. Ointment is placed in the eyes to help with healing, and bandages will be placed over the eyes and remain on the eyes for the first 24 hours after surgery. 


One of the reasons why this surgery is so popular is that it has a fairly straightforward and not overly uncomfortable recovery. Pain medication will help control any discomfort for the first few days after surgery. The eye will appear swollen and bruised for the first few days, but swelling will start to subside and bruising will go away about 2-4 weeks after surgery. Many patients can wear makeup a week after surgery, which helps cover any discoloration. Most patients can return to work after about a week.


The results of eyelid surgery are immediate and continue to improve as swelling subsides. Results are permanent, even though the effects of aging, gravity and environmental factors will continue to cause slight sagging of the eyelid area. It just won’t be to the extent as what you had before. 

People who undergo eyelid surgery will notice that people won’t know that you had work done unless you tell them. But they will ask you what you’ve been doing as you’ll look more rested and rejuvenated. To learn more about eyelid surgery, call 202-785-4187 to schedule a consultation.


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