The eyes are the main focal point of the face for most people. Your eyes can energize your appearance and act as a welcoming trait. But if your eyelids have begun to droop due to lost elasticity in your eyelid skin, you may start to take on a worn-out, irritated appearance – even when you aren’t.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called cosmetic blepharoplasty, is a way to rejuvenate your eyes and restore a youthful, alert appearance. In fact, eyelid surgery is continually one of the top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States year after year (as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we are proud to have Dr. Valerie H. Chen, who is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and certified by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. With precise cosmetic eyelid surgery, Dr. Chen helps her patients achieve their aesthetic goals while maintaining a natural appearance.
During your initial evaluation, Dr. Chen assesses the condition of your upper and lower eyelids to determine the amount of excess skin or fatty tissue to be removed. Your customized treatment plan is explained in detail and all of your questions will be answered prior to your procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you will receive the predetermined anesthesia, either local or general, to prepare you for surgery. T keep you comfortable your eyelids may also be numbed. The procedure involves these steps:
Dr. Chen will evaluate your medical history to determine which medications you are currently taking, if any, should be suspended prior to your procedure. It is important to provide her with complete information about your medications. Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:
You will be provided detailed pre-operative instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.
You should expect to take it easy for the first few days after surgery and avoid strenuous activities for at least 10-14 days. 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.
Be patient and allow your eyes to heal. Most patients are able to return to work and non-strenuous activities within 10-14 days, but your eyes will continue to heal over the next several months.
Most of Dr. Chen’s patients do not have obvious scars after cosmetic eyelid surgery because the incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyes. When healing is complete, the results from cosmetic eyelid surgery can be dramatic, yet natural. In fact, your family and friends may now notice that you look more refreshed but not realize that you had this surgical procedure.