Jerome D. Chao, MD FACS
13 Century Hill Drive
Latham, NY 12110
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Depending on the degree of involvement, the procedure may be performed in the office or in a hospital operating room. In general, an anesthetic will first be utilized, either local in the office or general in the OR. Once proper anesthesia has been achieved and the areas properly cleansed, the incision will be made. For the upper eyelids, the incision will follow the natural crease of the eyelid so it will be concealed. The excess skin is then removed and sutures will be used to close the incision. For the lower eyelids, the incision will be made below the lower lash line or within the inside of the eyelid. Excess skin and fat will then be removed or redistributed and the incision closed with sutures. Individual results and experience may vary.
Initially, you may experience symptoms such as swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites is also possible. Sutures will be removed within 5-7 days.
Anyone who experiences the following: loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, visual impairment caused by excess drooping skin on the eyelids, excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids, bags under the eyes, drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris, excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.
A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of the eyelids. The surgery may involve the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.