Eyelid Surgery


What is Eyelid Surgery


Many patients first notice the effects of aging on their mid- and upper-face areas, and many times mistake the cause – and appropriate course of action to correct – sagging skin on the brow and around the eyes.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin are removed from the upper and lower eyelid areas, giving the eyes – and the face as a whole – an awake, refreshed look.


Limitations on Eyelid Surgery

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may not be a good candidate for a blepharoplasty procedure.

  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eye
  • Detached retina
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

If you do have any of these conditions, be sure to discuss them with Dr. Vallecillos during your consultation.


Recovery Tips after Eyelid Surgery


While every patient heals at a different pace, there are a number of measures you can take to help minimize swelling and bruising as well as mediate discomfort during your recovery.

1. Sunglasses

Expect your eyes to be sore and sensitive after your surgery. Wearing sunglasses regularly (indoors and outdoors as needed) is recommended during your initial recovery period.

2. Cold compresses

The importance of using cold compresses on the eyes and surrounding area following surgery cannot be understated. Try to follow a regular schedule of 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off. As with any injury, icing the area can help reduce swelling, and the inevitable numbing effect can help reduce discomfort as well.

3. Saline eye drops

Rewetting eye drops are imperative during recovery. Depending on the extent of the operation, the placement of the incisions, and the amount of swelling you experience, your eyes may not be able to close entirely for anywhere from several days to several weeks after surgery. Rewetting drops can help mitigate dryness and improve comfort during this period.

4. Homeopathic Remedies

While bruising is a common side effect of eyelid surgery – and most invasive procedures – there are a few homeopathic agents that may help minimize it.

  • Bromelaine: An extract of pineapple, Bromelaine is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. It can be purchased in pill or capsule form at many pharmacies and vitamin specialty stores. Or if the fruit is in season, fresh pineapple will also work.
  • Arnica Gel: A plant extract (from the sunflower family) that is applied topically and is believed to reduce bruising.

Enhance Your Eyelid Surgery


While eyelid surgery is a long-term solution for saggy eyelid skin and large under eye bags, you may want to consider dermal fillers and/or neuromodulators (such as Botox Cosmetic) to further enhance your results.

  • Botox Cosmetic: Temporarily inhibits the movements of select muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Can be used after eyelid surgery to further address crows feet, as well as to reduce the appearance of frown lines between the brows. As Botox changes the position of the brow, you should refrain from undergoing treatment at least 3-6 months before and after eyelid surgery.
  • Juvederm: Made of hyaluronic acid, this dermal filler replaces lost facial volume, and can be used after eyelid surgery to fill in any unaddressed hollowing in the cheeks and eyes.

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