What is Eyelid Surgery and Why Would I Need Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, is commonly referred to as an eyelid lift. The medical procedure involves the removal of skin and either the addition or the removal of fat from the eyelid. What is important to understand is that the term “eyelid lift” is inaccurate because the eyelid is not lifted during the surgical procedure.

Upper eyelid surgery requires incisions that allow the surgeon to remove fat and skin. The skin is then brought together during the blepharoplasty procedure through the introduction of a thin stitch to create an eyelid crease.

When conducted on the lower eyelid, the blepharoplasty procedure can involve incision in the skin immediately below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid. When the cosmetic surgery procedure requires that an incision be made inside the eyelid, it is called the transconjunctival approach and it allows for easier fat removal or addition. This approach can be well-matched with a laser resurfacing procedure to minimize eyelid lines and wrinkles.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Eyelid Cosmetic Surgery?

Individuals with realistic expectations regarding the outcome of eyelid lift procedure who are in good health are good candidates for the cosmetic surgery procedure.

How Long Will it Take to Recovery from Eyelid Cosmetic Surgery?

While there is some bruising and swelling the day after surgery, eyelid lift patients typically require a short recovery period after blepharoplasty. The physical signs of surgery can be minimized through the use cool compresses. Light activity can also speed the healing process. Bandages can be removed within a few days and the stitches, if not the self-absorbing variety, can be removed in several days.

If you would like to explore an eyelid lift Tampa Bay, our team is prepared to guide you through the process. Contact us today at 727-500-2020 to schedule an appointment to speak to a specialist from St. Michael’s Eye and Laser Institute today.