Blepharoplasty corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags under eyes by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle. Also, it will create a fold in the upper eyelids to widen the eyes. The procedure usually takes one to three hours depending on if you do upper, lower, or both eyelids. This procedure can be performed in conjunction with a browlift or facelift. Eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with or without intravenous sedation.
Temporary discomfort, tightness, swelling, and bruising of lids are common side effects. In addition, you may experience dryness, burning, and itching of eyes for approximately one to two weeks. There may be excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for the first few weeks after blepharoplasty. You may begin reading in two to three days and return to work in seven to ten days. There should be no strenuous activity or alcohol consumption for three weeks. The duration of results is several years to permanent.
The risks involved with eyelid surgery are infection, bleeding, whiteheads, or temporary blurred vision. Additional risks are slight asymmetry in healing, scarring, or difficulty in closing eyes. In extremely rare cases, blindness may occur.