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What Happens During Eyelid Surgery? 

Dr. Chen will perform an eye exam to determine how your eyelids are affecting your vision. This will help her understand the amount of excess skin or fatty tissue that should be removed to improve your visual field or peripheral vision. Your personalized treatment plan will be discussed in detail prior to your procedure.

On the day of your procedure, you will receive either local or general anesthesia as predetermined by Dr. Chen. Your eyes may also be numbed to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The procedure involves these steps:

  • Incisions are made in the eyelid creases. The goal is to minimize any type of visible scarring.
  • Excess eyelid skin is removed in order to lift the eyelids to a more natural, properly functioning position. Underlying muscle and fat may also need to be removed to achieve the desired results.
  • The incisions are closed using self-dissolving sutures or adhesives.
  • Topical antibiotic ointments are applied to the eyes.
  • You will return home where you should rest the remainder of the day.

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Preparing for Eyelid Surgery

Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are healthy enough for this procedure. Dr. Chen will also need to know all of the medications you are currently taking if any, so she can tell you which ones should be suspended prior to your procedure. Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:

  • Over-the-counter pain-relieving medications such as ibuprofen should not be taken 2 weeks prior to your surgery.
  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before (and after) your surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of your procedure.
  • The night before your procedure, have a light meal and do not eat after midnight.
  • Do not eat anything the morning of your surgery.
  • Have someone drive you home after your appointment.
  • You may want to have someone spend the night with you in case you have any questions or experience any complications.

You will be provided detailed pre-operative instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.

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Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

You should expect to take it easy for the first few days after your procedure and avoid strenuous activities for at least 1 week. During this time, your eyes may be swollen and appear bruised. You will be advised to apply ice for the first week, but especially during the first 48 hours, as this will help minimize swelling and discomfort. Use a warm compress after that timeframe. You may also take over-the-counter pain medications if needed.

Dr. Chen and her team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions in writing.

Other Tips for Recovery

  • Do not wear eye makeup until your eyes are fully healed.
  • Do not resume smoking, as this can slow your healing process and may cause unnecessary complications.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when outdoors.
  • Avoid stress as much as possible.
  • Get plenty of rest to promote healing.
  • Do not rub your eyes.

Be patient and allow your eyes to heal! It may take 1-2 weeks for your eyes to fully heal, but most patients are able to return to work and non-strenuous activities within 1 week.

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Results from Eyelid Surgery

Patients who have eyelid surgery are often amazed at how well they can see after their procedure. As a side benefit, lifting the eyelids can also make you appear more alert and even younger. It can truly be a life-changing, confidence-boosting procedure.

Are you ready to improve your field of vision? 

To find out if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery call 704-540-9595 or complete the short form below.

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