Blepharoplasty or Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is a procedure used to create double eyelids, correct drooping upper lids or reduce puffy bags beneath the eyes. It is used to remove fats, as well as excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. This surgical procedure is often done alone, though it may be performed in conjunction with facelifts or brow lifts.
After surgery, the physician will apply eye ointment to your incision to reduce dryness in this area. Your vision may be blurred temporarily from the ointment. The first evening after surgery, you should rest with your head elevated. Applying cold compresses to your eyelids will help to reduce the swelling. Although you can be up almost immediately, you should limit your activities.
Bruising from this procedure can last up to a month, and patients should also expect to experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred and double vision for the first few days. Most patients can return to work or resume normal routine after 7 days. In some cases, however, patients experience difficulty in closing their eyes; in very rare cases, this can be permanent. Another rare risk is the occurrence of ectropion, which is the pulling of lower lids. Both of these conditions can be corrected.