Eyelid surgery can be performed on adults of all ages. Some of our Burlington eyelid surgery patients undergo this procedure to correct problems that are a result of aging, while others have inherited traits that cause them to seek treatment as early as their 20s or 30s.
The goal of Dr. Douglas Grace and the entire staff at The Grace Clinic is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
How should I prepare for surgery?
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. In addition to these general guidelines, The Grace Clinic provides all of its Burlington eyelid lift patients with specific, personalized instructions prior to surgery.
What will the day of surgery be like?
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Often, a general anesthetic is administered. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Your vision will be blurry as a result of ointment used to soothe and protect the eye during surgery as well as from the swelling that is a normal aftermath of eyelid procedures. There is surprisingly little discomfort from the surgery.
How Eyelid Surgery is performed.
Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from Eyelid Surgery. Dr. Grace will select the surgical technique that he feels will obtain the best outcome for you.
Upper Eyelids: For Upper Eyelid Surgery, generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.
Lower Eyelids: For Lower Eyelid Surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed. As in Upper Eyelid Surgery, the incision is well camouflaged by natural creases.
How will I look and feel initially?
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
The first evening after surgery, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. Dr. Grace may instruct you to apply cold compresses to your eyelids. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications.
Initially, you may feel a “tight” sensation around the eyes and some mild discomfort that can be controlled with oral medication. During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Some patients find that mild swelling persists for several weeks, while others may see swelling resolve in as little as one week. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Within the first week you will be permitted to use makeup, if desired, to conceal any discoloration. Stitches are usually removed within a week surgery.
Your vision may continue to be somewhat blurry for a few days or longer. Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. You may want to wear dark sunglasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from wind and sun irritation.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less. Although you might feel like going back to work just a few days after surgery, your vision may still be slightly blurry which could make reading or other paperwork more difficult. You should not wear contact lenses for a week or two.
Results of your Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid Surgery has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed and alert. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of the results of your Eyelid Surgery. Incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible.
How long will the results last?
The results of Eyelid Surgery are long lasting, but they may be affected by your heredity and lifestyle factors.
Removal of fat from your eyelids, which is usually the cause of puffiness and bags, is permanent, and these conditions generally will not recur. The skin continues to age, however, and skin laxity along the fine wrinkling of the eyelid area may, at some point, return. Sometimes a loss of tone in the forehead causes additional sagging of the eyebrows, which mimics a recurrence of drooping upper eyelids. This condition can be resolved by pursuing a secondary eyelid lift or forehead lift in Burlington.
Even though the aging process continues, patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years following eyelid surgery. Some patients find that they want to make additional improvements at a later time.
As one of the leading Burlington cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Douglas Grace appreciates the importance of proper post-surgical care. This is why he will ask you to return to The Grace Clinic at prescribed intervals for follow up with the Nurse, at which time your progress will be evaluated.
Please remember that the relationship with Dr. Grace and The Grace Clinic will not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information about your eyelid lift surgery, please feel free to contact The Grace Clinic. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Grace if you would like more information about other facial rejuvenation procedures he offers, such as brow lift, neck lift and facelift in Burlington.