What to Expect During Your Blepharoplasty Procedure
Your eyelid surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia. Preparations are made based on the type of anesthesia required to keep you comfortable during the blepharoplasty procedure. Incisions are made along the natural lines of the upper and lower eyelid to ensure they are not detectable once your healing is complete.
For lower eyelid surgery, an incision is often made on the inner aspect of the lower eyelid to reduce visible scarring.
The incisions are then used to access and remove the excess skin and fat. The procedure takes approximately an hour, with a 2-hour recovery time required if you underwent general anesthesia.
Dr. Solomon often recommends laser surgery for eyelid procedures using the UltraPulse® Fractionated CO2 Laser. Laser treatments enhance the outcome of the blepharoplasty surgery by tightening the skin, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. What to Expect Post-Eyelid Surgery
Following your eyelid surgery at either one of our Toronto or Thornhill clinics, you will need someone to pick you up to ensure your safety. Depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery, Dr. Solomon may use traditional or dissolvable stitches/sutures.
If traditional stitches are used during blepharoplasty, they are removed by Dr. Solomon or one of his registered nurses approximately one week after your surgery.
You can expect mild swelling and bruising for 7 to 10 days. These symptoms can be reduced with cold compresses applied to the affected area. Sleeping with your head elevated for the first few days following surgery also helps.
After the first week, you can use makeup to help reduce the appearance of bruising. The incision sites themselves can take several months to fade, becoming less and less visible each day.
Your response to the procedure varies based on your age, susceptibility to bruising, and overall health.
Managing Possible Side Effects Post-Procedure
Some patients experience temporary sensitivity to light, dry eyes, or excess tearing.
Eye drops are available to relieve any itching or burning you might experience. You can also wear sunglasses for 7 to 10 days to reduce sun, wind, and light sensitivity.
Is Blepharoplasty safe?
Although blepharoplasty is considered a safe, routine procedure, all surgical procedures come with risks. As mentioned, Dr. Solomon performs a thorough consultation at one of our clinics in the GTA, assessment, and medical history review to ensure you are eligible for surgery.
Sharing all known medical conditions and medications with Dr. Solomon is crucial, as even a supplement taken prior to surgery can impact the healing process.