About Our Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Services
What is Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure on the eyelids that can significantly improve the appearance of the upper or lower eyelid. Incisions are made either above the upper eyelid, below the lower eyelid or both, to allow for the surgeon to redistribute or remove fat deposits, tighten muscles and remove excess skin layers.
Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes – features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may interfere with vision. It is the most common eyelid procedure to restore a more alert, rested and youthful appearance of the eyes. Eyelid surgery can also improve your vision by opening up your field of view once the droopy eyelids are improved.
At Auker Eye Institute, we have extensive experience with Blepharoplasty and practice the surgery in our offices near Hayward and Pleasanton, California. Contact us for a blepharoplasty evaluation here.
What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery?
The recovery after the procedure rarely involves more than some slight swelling and bruising, dry eyes and minor discomfort.
Post-Operative Instructions Eyelid Surgery
Congratulations! Everything went great, You’re on your way! But, we need your help to minimize bleeding and swelling. For the first 48 hours after surgery keep your head elevated as much as possible. When sleeping, prop yourself up with at least 3 pillows, or greater than 30 degrees.
Do not blow your nose. Do not strain, lift, or bend over. Apply direct pressure over the incision, blotting away any oozing, every 3O mins on the day of surgery.
Apply cold packs over the eyelids as much as possible for the first 24-48 hours. Do NOT apply ice directly to the skin. You will be most swollen the day or 2 after surgery. There will be bruising involved during the healing process. This will dissipate in one-two weeks.
Dr. Auker believes that Arnica (Pellet form is recommended) , a natural herbal preparation, speeds the resolution of bruising. You may purchase this at Whole Foods. It is best to start using this the day after your surgery.
Keep your steri-strip/suture areas dry until they are removed. Your sutures will be removed in one week, unless absorbable sutures are used. You may take Tylenol as needed for pain. DO NOT take aspirin. If you notice unexpected swelling, pain, or redness around the area, immediately call Dr. Auker at (925) 931-1090
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid Surgery Gallery (Before/Afters)
Treatment for patients with Ptosis or Ectropion
Ectropion is the medical term used to describe a condition where the lower eyelid turns or rolls outward, exposing the inner surface of the eye. This condition interferes with normal distribution of tears on the eye surface, resulting in dry, painful eyes and chronic conjunctivitis. Ectropion is usually caused by the weakening of the connective tissue of the eyelid, due to aging.
It may also occur as a result of scar tissue or from facial nerve paralysis such as Bell’s Palsy. Eyelid surgery is usually effective to tighten the muscles that hold the eyelids in place, thereby, it can improve both the appearance and the function of the eye.
Ptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid droop over the pupil blocking vision. Ptosis is commonly caused when the levator muscle in the eyelid is stretched over time due to age. Some patients are simply born with droopy eyelids and are genetically predisposed to the condition.
The best treatment option for ptosis is usually eyelid lift surgery, which is designed to reattach the stretched muscle back to its normal location.