Repair Drooping Lids and Improve Your Vision with Eyelid Surgery
As we age, eyelids droop, skin loosens and there is often puffiness and heaviness of the lids. Eyelid surgery has become a popular procedure, giving the eyes a renewed and refreshed appearance.
When sagging interferes with field of vision, people often hold their forehead and brow muscles higher to compensate for impaired vision. The procedure is often considered medically necessary, in such cases it is covered by insurance. The goal of Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is to remove this excess skin on the eyelids removing obstruction and improving vision. We encourage you to schedule a consultaton at Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you!
Every year, thousands of men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve their vision and the appearance. Drooping eyelids can impair vision and add years to one’s face. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags around the eyes that give the appearance of being worn and tired. Successful facial plastic surgery will involve a good rapport between a patient and the surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Your surgeon can answer specific questions about your specific needs.
As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Blepharoplasty removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin from both upper and lower lids. The results can be a rejuvenated appearance, with a younger, firmer eye area. People with circulatory, ophthalmological, or serious medical conditions must rely on the diagnostic skills of their own surgeon to determine whether blepharoplasty is an option to consider. Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified surgeon is of great importance. The patient must also make the commitment to follow the pre-surgical and post-operative instructions of the surgeon. During the pre-surgical consultation, you will be examined or asked to answer questions concerning vision, tear production, use of lenses, and your desires for surgery. Your surgeon will explain what you can expect from blepharoplasty and take a complete medical history. Factors to be weighed include age, skin type, ethnic background, and degree of vision obstruction. Furthermore, you can expect an open and honest exchange between you and your surgeon, which will establish the basis for a successful outcome.
Immediately after the surgery has been completed, your surgeon may apply tiny sterile bandages. This is not done for transconjunctival blepharoplasty. It is not crucial that the eyes be covered. However, an ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area may be used. A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. Your surgeon will prescribe medication for discomfort. For a week and a half following blepharoplasty, you will clean the eye area (the eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy). Eye-drops may be recommended. Your surgeon will also list activities and environments to avoid in the weeks immediately following surgery. Permanent stitches will be removed in three to five days after surgery. Self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.
If you are considering Eyelid Surgery in the Eastern Pennsylvania area, call us today at 610.372.0712.