Dr. Diane Colgan answers common questions on eyelid surgery. Dr. Colgan can be reached at 10411 Motor City Dr Suite 615, Bethesda, MD 20817. (301) 299-6644.
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both. lt can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess skin and wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness can contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Eyelid surgery can make you look years younger. Blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift, brow lift or skin resurfacing.
What are the risks and scars?
Most people feel nearly normal within a day or two after eyelid surgery. You can return to work as desired, provided your job does not involve any heavy lifting or straining. Do not do aerobic or heavy exercise for at least one week after surgery in order to avoid excessive swelling or bleeding.
After the sutures have been removed, you may use a sunscreen with a skin protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 on your eyelids when outside, and continue to do so for at least 6 months after surgery. You may apply makeup in addition to sunscreen on your eyelids the day after the sutures are removed.