Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a type of cosmetic surgery. It is most often performed to improve the look of the eyelids by removing excess skin and fat. Both the upper and lower eyelids can be treated during the surgery.

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The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes. It can also correct droopy upper eyelids. These types of aging eyelid changes can lead to a tired or worn out appearance and may even obstruct part of your vision. In this procedure, the doctor surgically removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye and establish a more youthful appearance.

Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Temporary vision problems. Double or blurred vision may occur after undergoing eyelid surgery. This typically lasts for just a few days following the surgery.

  • Eye closure problems. Some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep; in rare cases this condition may be permanent. This can result in dry eyes.

  • Swelling or asymmetry changes. Temporary swelling and a slight imbalance of one eye in relation to the other may occur during the healing or scarring process.

  • Acne. After the stitches are removed, tiny whiteheads may appear. The surgeon can remove the whiteheads with a very fine needle.

  • Ectropion. Rolling or sagging of the lower eyelid away from the eye.

  • Hematoma. A collection of blood can put pressure on the eye resulting in permanent vision loss.

The surgery takes about one to two hours. You will likely go home the same day.

Once at home, follow all instructions you are given. Your healthcare provider will tell you when you can return to your normal routine. You may have some bruising and swelling around your eyes, and your vision may be blurry. This is normal and should improve within a week or two. You may notice your eyes burning or feeling strained during certain activities, such as watching TV, reading a book or using the computer. While this persists, avoid doing such activities for too long at a time. Be sure to:

  • Take all medicines exactly as directed. These may include applying eye ointment or using eye drops.

  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the eyes as directed for the first 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

  • Care for your incisions as instructed.

  • Wear protective sunglasses as directed.

  • Wear eye makeup and contact lenses only as directed.

  • Don't swim or put your head under water.

  • Don't lift anything heavy or do strenuous activities. Doing so can cause bleeding.

  • Don't drive until your healthcare provider says you can. Don't drive while taking medicines that make you drowsy or sleepy.

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