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What is Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a surgery to tighten or fix the appearance of drooping eyelids. The eyelids may appear droopy due to excess skin, fat, or muscle.

Why Get Blepharoplasty?

With age, the muscles around eyelids naturally weaken and sag. This area then fills with more fat above and below your eyelids. For some people this sagging may lead to hindered vision, for others they may feel it makes them look old or tired. With blepharoplasty, excess tissue and fat hindering your vision will be removed and your vision should be restored.

Eyelid surgery will not fix wrinkled eyebrows or lift the structure of your whole face. Discuss with Dr. Khan and decide if you would like to receive a brow lift or face lift while undergoing this surgery.

The Procedure

The procedure can be done on the upper, lower, or both eyelids.

For the upper eyelid procedure, Dr. Khan will make an incision in the crease of the eye. He will then remove any unwanted fat tissue or muscle. If need be, he can also tighten the muscle to stop it from drooping. He will then close the incision with small, close sutures.

For the lower eyelid procedure, Dr. Khan will either make an incision right below the lashes or inside the eyelid, called the transconjunctival approach. The latter is less invasive, allowing for the doctor to remove or add fat below the eye. However, if you need to remove skin, then Dr. Khan will have to use the first method to make an incision below the eye and remove unwanted and excess skin. He will then close the incision with small, close sutures.

After the Surgery

After the surgery, cold compresses should be applied for ten minutes every hour. The next couple days you should continue to use a cold compress as needed. This will help with the swelling and bruising that should subside after about a week. In most cases, bandages will be applied to the incision sites and they will be removed after two-three days. After the second day, walking and other low-exertion activities are encouraged to help blood flow. Depending on the speed of your healing, you should be able to resume normal activities by 10-14 days after surgery. By this time, most of your bruising should have disappeared.

As with any surgery, some negative effects can happen. If you notice any infection of the eye, bleeding, trouble closing your eye, dry eyes, or trouble seeing–call us immediately at 734-419-1615.

Please never assume anything about a medical procedure. Ask lots of questions and pay attention to the answers. It is imperative that you receive qualified medical advice about any plastic surgery procedure. You should discuss your health needs at every stage of the process from the initial consultation all the way through recovery. An initial consultation with Dr. Shaher W. Khan (M.D.) will offer you an opportunity to chat about any and all of the questions you have about the process and the surgeries we offer. Dr. Khan serves the entire Detroit metro area. Call 734-419-1615 or contact us today.