What can I expect when I have eyelid surgery?


Surgery is performed in a private outpatient surgery center. Most procedures are performed under a local anesthetic with light sedation. Recovery is dependent upon the procedure. However, one generally has light bruising and swelling for one week to two weeks. Patients can drive the next day and perform their usual activities except heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for one week. If an individual has surgery on both eye lids, the eyes are not patched after surgery. If surgery is performed on one eyelid, on occasion, and only for certain procedures, one eye may be patched for a day. It is important to use ice compresses for the first 48 hours. Switch to warm compresses after the first 48 hours and continue use until the swelling subsides. The warm compresses dilate blood vessels and help to reduce swelling and clear bruises.


Are there any medications to avoid prior to surgery?


It is very important to avoid aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., Aleve, Motrin, Advil, etc.) for two weeks prior to surgery. These medications interfere with platelet function and can prevent clotting during surgery. If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin (Warfarin) or Plavix, it is important to check with your primary care physician prior to discontinuing use of these medications.


How long will I benefit from the results of an eyelid lift?


An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is generally performed once. Occasionally an individual may undergo a touchup as they age. However, the skin around the eyes does not return nor does the fat return once removed.


I am contemplating losing weight-should I delay eyelid surgery?


The fat around ones eyes is not weight dependent. Therefore, though it is admirable to lose weight if needed, this should not interfere with the decision to undergo eyelid surgery.