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Eyelid Surgery

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Sometimes as we age, our eyes seem to look older than the rest of our face. Your eyes might have creases and crow's feet at the corners, bags under them, or brows that droop excessively. It's a fact of life that aging around the eyes is inevitable. At The Plastic Surgery Group we help women and men look and feel younger and more refreshed through eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Albany, New York.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505.

Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic
surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group,
serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs,
Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

Learn More  Request Your Consultation 

The Procedure

Eyelid surgery is a relatively straightforward type of procedure. Your plastic surgeon will make a series of small incisions that follow the shape of your lids around your eye. Within these incisions, your plastic surgeon will lift the skin, eliminate fat deposits underneath, and tighten the muscle and skin to form the new, tighter contour of your eyelids. Some people require a brow lift instead of eyelid surgery to attain the look they desire.

In some cases, your plastic surgeon may perform what is known as transconjunctival eyelid surgery. This is often done in conjunction with laser resurfacing of the lower eyelids. This procedure does not involve the removal of any skin under your eye. Instead, the plastic surgeon makes small incisions on the inner part of your lower eyelids and removes the fat that has accumulated there. Because the incisions are made on the inside of your lower lids, there will be no visible scars after transconjunctival eyelid surgery.

In most cases, eyelid surgery takes a couple of hours and is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and calming relaxants. You may feel a little pressure during the procedure, but for the most part you will be quite relaxed and comfortable.

Recovering

After your eyelid surgery, you may have a dressing over your eyes and some type of soothing ointment. You may experience some discomfort, but it is usually not long lasting and can be controlled with prescription medication.

There are some things your plastic surgeon may tell you to do during your recovery. These may include:

  • Propping a pillow behind your head to support it upright to help reduce any swelling
  • Using eye drops to soothe and moisten your eyelids
  • Protecting your eyes from bright light and direct sun
  • Placing cool washcloths on your eyes

After a few days or a week following your eyelid surgery your stitches will be taken out. You also will begin to notice an improvement in the way your eyes look. The benefits of having eyelid surgery will become more and more obvious to you over the next weeks and months. Keep in mind that everybody heals at a different rate. You'll visit your plastic surgeon several times during your recuperation. Be sure to follow the directions he or she gives you closely to ensure optimum healing.

Potential Risks and Complications

There are very few risks associated with eyelid surgery and any complications are usually very minor. You may have some slight vision blurriness for a couple days following your surgery, which will correct itself. You may also feel some tightness when you close your eyes, but this will usually also go away in a short time. And there may be some puffiness at the corners of your eyes from the surgery, which will lessen as you continue to recuperate.

Common Questions About Eyelid Surgery

Will insurance cover the cost of my eyelid surgery?

Most of the time, eyelid surgery is considered elective cosmetic surgery and is therefore not covered by most health plans. However, there are cases when eyelid surgery may be paid for by your insurance if it is considered a benefit to your vision. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon and with your health insurance provider.

Is there eyelid surgery for just puffiness under the eyes?

Yes. This is called transconjunctival eyelid surgery. This procedure does not involve the removal of any skin below the eye. Instead, the plastic surgeon makes small incisions on the inner part of your lower eyelid and removes the fat that has accumulated there. Because the incisions are made on the inside of your lower lid, there will be no visible scars after this surgery.

Will I be able to wear contact lenses after my eyelid surgery?

After your eyelid surgery, you won't be able to wear contact lenses for a couple of weeks or possibly longer. When you can wear them, they may feel uncomfortable until your eyelids complete the healing process.

Are there visible scars with eyelid surgery?

In most cases, the scars from eyelid surgery are so carefully placed that they are virtually undetectable. Also, the scars will fade as time goes by and you will hardly notice them. What you will notice is your refreshed, brighter, younger-looking eyes.

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