Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a very popular and effective technique used to improve the appearance and function of your eyelids. Just like other areas of your body, your eyelid skin can lose elasticity as you grow older. This can cause sagging of the upper eyelids and bags under the eyes. Not only can this make you look older and tired, drooping eyelids can also interfere with your vision.
How Eyelid Surgery Works
At Great Plains Eye Specialists, we perform eyelid surgery in Rapid City as an outpatient procedure.
- Local anesthetic is administered
- Incisions are made in the natural creases of the upper eyelids and/or the inside lower eyelid
- Excess fat, skin and muscle is removed
- The incisions are closed with small stitches that dissolve naturally
Because the incisions are made in the natural creases, scarring is usually minimal. To achieve the most natural-looking results, it is important to have eyelid surgery performed by a board-certified eyelid surgery doctor that has extensive training and experience with this delicate procedure. Our doctors have a strong track record of successful procedures and can share their experience and results with you.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
It is common for the eye areas to have mild bruising and swelling for a week or two after surgery. Your eyes might also be sensitive to light and be prone to tearing. These are typically temporary side effects that can be minimized by following your doctor’s instructions for applying lubricating ointments, cold compresses, medications, etc.
Possible Complications of Eyelid Surgery
Your doctor should explain all of the potential complications that may occur with eyelid surgery, including:
- Dry eyes
- Temporary lid lag
- Blurry vision
- Vision loss
- Revision surgery
Eyelid surgery is a great method of facial rejuvenation and vision enhancement – if it is done correctly. If you are unhappy with the appearance or function of your eyes, contact us today to discuss your individual situation and find out if eyelid surgery might help you enhance your life.