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Eyelid Lift

What is eyelid surgery?

The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes. It can also correct droopy eyelids.

In this procedure, the doctor surgically removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye.

Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery

Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Temporary vision problems. Double or blurred vision may occur after undergoing eyelid surgery. This typically lasts for just a few days following the surgery.

  • Eye closure problems. Some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep; in rare cases this condition may be permanent.

  • Swelling or asymmetry changes. Temporary swelling and a slight imbalance of one eye in relation to the other may occur during the healing or scarring process.

  • Acne. After the stitches are removed, tiny whiteheads may appear. The surgeon can remove the whiteheads with a very fine needle.

  • Ectropion. Rolling of the eyelids outward.

Who are candidates for eyelid surgery?

Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who meet the following criteria:

  • Physically healthy

  • Psychologically stable

  • Realistic in their expectations

Some medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Thyroid problems

  • Dry eyes

  • Lack of sufficient tears

  • High blood pressure

  • Circulatory disorders

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Diabetes

  • Detached retina

  • Glaucoma

About the procedure

Although each procedure varies, eyelid surgeries generally cover the following considerations:

  • Location options may include:

    • Surgeon's office-based surgical facility

    • Outpatient surgery center

    • Hospital outpatient

    • Hospital inpatient

  • Anesthetic options may include:

    • General anesthesia

    • Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake, but relaxed) for adults

  • Average length of procedure:

    • Several hours or longer

  • Some possible short-term side effects of surgery:

    • Eyelids may feel tight

    • Eyelids may feel sore

Eyelid Lift - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Sather, Rita, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Weisbart, Ed, MD
© 2014 WellSpan Health. All Rights Reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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