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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.


What Happens During Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

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:

  • Incisions are made in inconspicuous locations along the eyelid creases or below the lash line.
  • Excess eyelid skin, fat pads and in some cases underlying muscle, are removed according to your unique treatment plan. Careful attention is paid to remove just enough excess to improve your appearance but not affect the function of your eyelids. Restoring a natural appearance is always the goal after surgery.
  • The incisions are typically 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.

Before and after eye surgery

Preparing for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

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:

  • 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 Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

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.

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. 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.

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Results from Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

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.

Are you ready to enhance your eyes? 

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

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