Eyelid Surgery Before and After: What To Expect

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Do you look tired, even after a good night’s sleep? Are you bothered by the appearance of under eye bags? Eyelid surgery could be the key to a brighter, more youthful appearance.

If you’re considering this procedure, you likely have questions about what to expect before, during, and after eyelid surgery. This blog post will guide you through the process to help you better understand the procedure and make an informed decision.

Understanding Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, refines the contours of the eyelids to enhance aesthetics and, in some cases, improve vision. It can involve removing or repositioning skin, muscle, and fat and sometimes tightening the surrounding tissue.

  • Upper blepharoplasty is the go-to option for those with drooping eyelids that impair vision or give a tired appearance. During the procedure, a fine incision is made in the eyelid’s natural crease to remove excess skin and fat, creating a more alert and youthful eye contour.
  • Lower blepharoplasty targets the area beneath the eyes, where puffiness and bags often occur. Incisions are typically made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid to reduce the appearance of bags or hollows under the eyes, smoothing the transition from the eye to the cheek.

Ideal Candidates

If sagging upper eyelids hinder your peripheral vision or you’re self-conscious about under eye bags, you might be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty. Ideal patients are nonsmokers in good health who have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

Eyelid Surgery Before & After by Calvin Young, MD, in Rochester, New York
Eyelid Surgery Before & After by Calvin Young, MD, in Rochester, New York
Eyelid Surgery Before & After by Calvin Young, MD, in Rochester, New York
Eyelid Surgery Before & After by Calvin Young, MD, in Rochester, New York

Preparing for Eyelid Surgery

The process begins with a personalized consultation at Dermatology Associates of Rochester to discuss your goals, explore options, and develop a tailored treatment plan.

Pre-Surgery Checklist

Here’s a brief rundown of what you’ll need to do before surgery:

  • Obtain a comprehensive eye examination.
  • Review medications with your surgeon.
  • Cease smoking and avoid certain supplements and medications that can increase bleeding.

On the Day of Surgery

You’ll arrive at our facility, where Dr. Calvin Young and our supportive staff will make sure you are comfortable and well-informed before the procedure starts.

Dr. Young will perform either upper or lower blepharoplasty—or both, depending on your needs—using techniques that minimize discomfort and promote a quick recovery.

Recovery and Aftercare

Expect some bruising and swelling. Most patients return to work 5 to 10 days following surgery, depending on the specifics of the procedure. We’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions for a smooth recovery.

Expected Results and Benefits

Most patients enjoy a more rested, youthful appearance, with the added benefit of improved peripheral vision in cases where it was previously obscured. Results from eyelid surgery can last for years, and the scars are well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid.

Why Choose Dermatology Associates of Rochester for Your Eyelid Surgery

Our practice is built on a foundation of expertise and a commitment to achieving optimal patient outcomes. By choosing our practice, you’re assured of a supportive environment that values your needs and a seamless experience from consultation to recovery.

Schedule Your Consultation

Ready to open your eyes to a new you? We invite you to call our office at (585) 272-0700 or request a consultation using our online form.

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