What to Expect
Prior to surgery, a detailed examination will be performed along with supportive testing. Your doctor will create a surgical plan customized to your specific needs. A blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that lasts 30-60 minutes, performed in office or in our surgery center.
For upper eyelid blepharoplasty, incisions are made within the natural crease of your eyelid, allowing the removal of excess skin and/or the tightening of muscles and tissue. The incision is hidden nicely within the natural lid crease and often is not noticeable once healed.
For lower eyelid blepharoplasty, Dr. Keenum prefers a scarless, transconjunctival approach to address the excess lower eyelid fat. Laser resurfacing, chemical peel, skin pinch, or a combination of these may be performed along with the blepharoplasty to rejuvenate aged skin.
Scarring of incisions is typically minimal as the eyelid has excellent blood supply and healing in this area is generally very good. Your eyes will likely need to be lubricated after surgery. Oral medications will help with pain and discomfort. Your surgeon will also prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
You will experience swelling and bruising for a week or two following surgery. For the first ten days after the procedure, you should avoid wearing makeup and contact lenses. Strenuous activities such as lifting, bending, and exercise should be avoided for one week after surgery.