What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is surgery on your eyelids. As we age, the eyelids may begin to droop and fill with fat, which can make you appear older and tired. Eyelid drooping can also reduce your vision, especially at the edges of your visual range.
What are some of the reasons an individual would choose eyelid surgery?
Many individuals choose blepharoplasty to rejuvenate their face, especially the area around the eyes. Eyelid surgery can reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes, to eliminate droopy and tired looking eyelids, and/or to restore vision that has been impaired by drooping eyelid skin.
Will eyelid surgery fix my vision?
Eyelid surgery only fixes vision that is blocked by sagging eyelids. There are many other causes of vision loss, including glaucoma, vascular occlusions, a detached retina, or an issue with the optic nerve. If you are experiencing vision loss, it is important to schedule an appointment with a Board Certified Ophthalmologist for a thorough examination and diagnosis.
How long does the surgery take, and is it performed on an outpatient basis?
Eyelid surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. We use local anesthetic but we do ask that you bring a driver with you to your surgery appointment. The surgery typically takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.
How long will I need to recover?
Eyelid surgery is performed in the office at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. You will be allowed to go home and recover as soon as the local anesthetic has worn off, and Dr. Kesty has determined that it is safe for you to return home. Recovery times from eyelid surgery vary. Stitches are usually removed after 7-10 days. Most patients are fully recovered after one month. However, recovery may take longer.
What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
After your surgery, Dr. Kesty will provide you with post-procedure instructions, including activities to avoid, signs of complications, and when to call our office. Most people have swelling, bruising and redness at the incision sites and around the eyes. You may also experience light sensitivity, double vision, and watery eyes. Keeping your head elevated and using cool compresses can help reduce swelling and bruising. In addition, Dr. Kesty may prescribe eye drops or creams to help with recovery from the surgery.