eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)

EYELID SURGERY (Blepharoplasty)

While aging naturally affects a person's facial skin and soft tissues, weight changes and sun exposure can exacerbate this. Commonly, the eyelid skin loses elasticity and sags. Wrinkles and skin folds, or bags, can develop in the orbital region as a result of these changes. This can lead to an individual having a very "tired" appearance despite plenty of rest.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. It can eliminate the conditions that contribute to a tired appearance and give the orbital region a refreshed appearance. In patients who are experiencing vision problems from the excess skin, a reconstructive blepharoplasty can help with this condition. Eyelid surgery is performed through an incision in a natural crease in the upper eyelid, or through an incision very close to the lid margin in the lower eyelid. Occasionally, lower lid eyelid surgery can be performed through an incision on the inner aspect of the eyelid and, in these patients, no scar will be visible.

The procedure commonly causes the patient little discomfort, which can be relieved with pain medication. The eyelid skin is extremely thin; therefore, mild bruising and swelling is typical after surgery for about two to four weeks after surgery. In women, cosmetics can be applied after the sutures are removed, and the activities that may elevate the blood pressure are recommended to be avoided during the first two weeks. Heavy lifting is not permitted during this time period.

Eyelid surgery is well suited to be performed in an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or with general anesthesia. For patients with more significant surgical needs or those with other medical problems, the surgery will be performed in the hospital.

Thousands of individuals undergo eyelid surgery each year; yet, you should be aware of the potential problems of surgery and specific risks associated with eyelid surgery. Delayed healing, eye or vision problems, infection, or localized collections of blood are uncommon postoperative complications. Smokers must note that they will need to quit for at least four weeks before and after surgery in order to reduce the risk of complications developing. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely sticking to Dr. McKane's instructions regarding your follow-up care during the healing process.

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999