Monday, March 6, 2017

Recovery after Eyelid Surgery

Recovery after eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty varies on which eyelids are done, the complexity of the surgery, and the age of the patient.

Upper eyelid surgery involves removing the excess upper eyelid skin that creates hooding or a heavy appearance to the upper eyelids. Sometimes, a small amount of excess fat is teased out from the corner of the upper eyelid by the nose. Recovery after upper eyelid surgery is fairly quick. Some patients can perform routine daily activities the day after surgery with sunglasses on. Stitches are removed around 5-6 days postoperatively and the scar hides nicely in the crease of the upper eyelid. A small extension of the scar will be seen the first few weeks laterally.

Lower eyelid surgery recovery is dependent on the type of procedure performed. A transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty occurs when the incision is made through the inside pink lining of the lower eyelid to access the fat. This is sometimes performed with a small skin pinch along the lower lash lines to remove excess skin. At times, the fat can be repositioned to the tear trough to address the dark circles under eyes or shadowed appearance there. This avoids the hollowed sunken in appearance after eyelid surgery that can occur.

Recovery after lower eyelid surgery is typically 8-10 days as there is sometimes more swelling and bruising with lower eyelid surgery than upper eyelid surgery.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston on a regular basis.