Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty

What is it?

  • removal of drooping tissues from the eyelid
  • creates a refreshed, more youthful look
  • in some cases, even improves vision*

Who should consider it?

  • physically healthy men and women
    • medical conditions that make eyelid surgery more risky: dry eyes (not enough tears), hypothyroidism, Graves' disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes
    • check with your ophthalmologist if you have: detached retina, glaucoma
  • usually those in their late 30s or older (even younger if saggy, puffy eyelids run in your family)

How do I know if I am a good candidate? Back to Top

  • you are healthy with any medical conditions under good control
    • be honest with Dr. Culbertson about medications, including over-the-counter, vitamins or supplements, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes
  • you are psychologically stable
  • you have realistic expectations
    • you know it will help your eyes, making them look better and giving you more confidence
    • you do not expect it to transform your looks, your life, or how people treat you

How do I prepare for Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty? Back to Top

  • consult with Dr. Culbertson
    • she will need your complete medical history, so have that ready
    • you and she will discuss your expectations and desires very carefully
      • determine if upper or lower or all four eyelids need surgery
      • what tissues should be removed
      • are any other procedures appropriate
    • Dr. Culbertson will explain her technique, the type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery is done, and the risks and benefits of the surgery
  • consult with your eye doctor
    • check your vision; including visual field testing if it is for improving vision*
    • evaluate the amount of tears you produce
  • you will have instructions on eating, drinking, medications to avoid or that you must take
    • please follow these guidelines, they are there to keep you safe
  • arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgery
  • make sure you have someone with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery and even longer if you need it

What do I expect from Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty? Back to Top

  • facility: an office-based facility, outpatient surgery center, or a hospital
  • anesthesia under local anesthesia (numbing medicine) with sedation by mouth or intravenously or general anesthesia (where you go to sleep)
  • Dr. Culbertson will make incisions that are hidden in the natural shape of your eyelids
    • upper eyelids within the crease
    • lower eyelids just below the eyelashes
  • removes any sagging, drooping tissue and closes incisions with very fine suture
    • you may have paper tapes holding the suture in place

What can I expect after Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty? Back to Top

  • your eyelids may feel tight and sore, you will have pain medication prescribed by Dr. Culbertson to alleviate the discomfort
  • you will keep your head elevated for the first few days and use cold compresses
  • you will be instructed on how to cleanse your eyes and what eyedrops to use
  • for the first two weeks after surgery, you will be followed closely by Dr. Culbertson

When will I feel like myself again? Back to Top

  • after two or three days you will feel up to reading or watching television
  • after a week to 10 days, you’ll be ready to resume more of your normal activities
  • activities will be very limited for the first few days and you will avoid strenuous activities for at least two if not three weeks (anything that raises your heart rate or blood pressure will put you at risk for bleeding)
  • by four to six weeks you should notice your normal level of energy returning

How will I look? Back to Top

  • scars may be pink at first but will become thin, pale lines that are barely noticeable
  • you will appear refreshed and rejuvenated for years, often permanently
  • if you needed the surgery for visual problems you will notice that you see better and experience less eye fatigue and strain*

*Note: Blepharoplasty is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, in some cases droopy eyelids interfere with vision. This is diagnosed by a visual field test. If your eyelids block enough of your visual field, you may qualify to have your eyelid surgery covered by insurance. If this is the case, Dr. Culbertson and her staff will be happy to help you with the process.

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