Eyelid Surgery in Melbourne, FL
“Open your eyes to a more youthful, energetic you.”
The eyes can make you look old and tired no matter how youthful and invigorated the rest of you appears. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roxanne J. Guy performs eyelid surgery to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can correct puffy bags below your eyes and drooping upper eyelids by removing excess fat, skin, and even muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure erases many wrinkles and corrects sagging upper eyelids that may interfere with your vision. If desired, eyelid surgery can be performed with a facelift, brow lift, or other facial rejuvenation procedures.
What Is Discussed During My Eyelid Surgery Consultation?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Guy will evaluate your medical history and health history. The two of you will discuss your allergies, use of vitamins and supplements, use of medications and other drugs, smoking habits, eye conditions, and relevant information from your ophthalmologist. Dr. Guy will also examine your eyelids and determine whether you are a candidate for eyelid surgery. Candidates should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 35 or older, but some may qualify at a younger age. Certain conditions can make eyelid surgery riskier or disqualify you if they are not well controlled by medication or other means; these include certain thyroid problems (e.g., untreated hypothyroidism or Graves’ disease), dry eyes, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, a detached retina, or other issues.
Also during the consultation, you and Dr. Guy will discuss your goals and determine a treatment plan. Dr. Guy will provide all information regarding surgical techniques, anesthesia, surgery location, risks, and the costs involved. She will also give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. You will need to have someone drive you home after your surgery and to your first follow-up appointment.
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
Eyelid surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and lasts between one and three hours. It is sometimes performed under local anesthesia using oral or intravenous sedatives, though Dr. Guy frequently uses general anesthesia as well. The type of anesthesia varies depending on which areas are being operated on (for instance, upper eyelid surgery may be performed with local anesthesia, but surgery on both the upper and lower eyelids is performed under general anesthesia). In a typical procedure, Dr. Guy makes incisions along the upper eyelid creases and/or below the lash line of the lower lids. Through the incisions, Dr. Guy removes excess fat and often trims away sagging skin and muscle. If all you require is the removal of fat pockets beneath your lower lids, Dr. Guy may perform a transconjunctival eyelid surgery through an incision inside your lower eyelids. Dr. Guy may also perform laser resurfacing to minimize eyelid wrinkles and tighten the lower lid cartilage to prevent ectropion.
What Is My Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?
After the surgery, you may experience temporary side effects such as dryness, excessive tearing, burning, itching, tightness, swelling, bruising, blurred or double vision, and sensitivity to light. Lubricating ointment, cool compresses, and prescribed pain medication may be used to improve comfort. Keep your head elevated for several days, limit your activities, and follow all instructions on how to clean your eyes. Toward the end of the first week, you may be able to read or watch television. Most people are ready to go out in public within one to two weeks, at which point bruising and swelling will be mostly gone. Makeup can be worn to hide any lingering bruising. Contacts may be worn two weeks after surgery, but they may feel uncomfortable for a while. Wear sunglasses and the recommended eyelid sunblock for several weeks, and avoid strenuous activities and alcohol for three weeks. Scars may be slightly pink for six months or more but will eventually fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line.
How Long Will My Blepharoplasty Results Last?
The results of your eyelid surgery are likely to be dramatic and long lasting. In some cases, the results are permanent. Blepharoplasty can significantly rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes and even your entire face, and it can give you a more rested and youthful appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
Will eyelid surgery improve my peripheral vision?
The impact blepharoplasty has on your peripheral vision depends on the reasons that part of your vision is impaired. If you have trouble seeing due to droopy eyelids, the surgery addresses that issue. However, if the cause is a medical one—such as glaucoma or a detached retina—eyelid surgery will not fix your peripheral vision. You should see an eye doctor to diagnose and treat the problem.
How long does it take for the swelling to go down after eyelid surgery?
The amount of bruising and swelling you experience depends on the techniques used and amount of correction necessary. Typically, the swelling is most prominent the first two or three days after your procedure. About 90 percent of this swelling usually subsides within two weeks; however, it can take two to three months for the last of the swelling to fade.
What other plastic surgery or aesthetic procedures can I have with blepharoplasty?
How painful is blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is a simple cosmetic procedure with minimal discomfort for the patient on the day of surgery. You can ease any discomfort with an ice pack application and approved pain medication, like TYLENOL®. You may have a little soreness and tightness around your eyes for several days following blepharoplasty.
How soon can I drive after eyelid surgery?
Don’t drive for at least 24 hours following blepharoplasty. When you have your follow-up appointment with Dr. Guy, she can advise you on when you may resume normal activities like driving. But keep in mind that you shouldn’t drive while you are taking prescribed pain medication.
At what age should I consider eyelid surgery?
While most blepharoplasty patients are over 35, individuals in their mid-twenties undergo eyelid surgery, too. Younger patients often have had naturally hooded eyelids their whole lives and seek eyelid surgery to alter that feature. Older patients in their 50s and 60s typically have blepharoplasty to reverse the natural aging effects that cause sagging and drooping. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Guy if you are considering blepharoplasty at any age to determine whether you are a good candidate.
How long do the results of blepharoplasty last?
Blepharoplasty is a permanent surgical procedure. Yet, as you age, your skin elasticity lessens, and you may notice new sagging around your eyes as part of the natural aging process.
Does health insurance pay for blepharoplasty?
Health and vision insurance rarely cover blepharoplasty. Exceptions may apply in special circumstances when your doctor and carrier determine the surgery is a medical necessity. For more information, please speak with our staff to discuss payment options and available financing, like CareCredit®.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roxanne Guy is experienced in performing eyelid surgery and other rejuvenation procedures. To request your personal consultation with Dr. Guy, call (321) 727-1600 or complete our online contact form today.