Eyelid Surgery Seattle Area
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Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular procedures for both men and women. A relatively simple procedure, blepharoplasty removes or redistributes fat, and removes excess skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids. There are both cosmetic and medical reasons for these procedures. Eyelid surgery can reduce the fullness and/or drooping of upper lids as well as puffy bags below your eyes that can make you appear older than you are – or than you feel. For some, excess skin can actually reduce the field of vision and may lead to excessive brow raising that causes forehead wrinkles and lines. In these cases, a browlift may be more appropriate.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Eyelid surgery generally takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. In order to improve, but not change, the shape of your eyelids Dr. Burnett will make incisions that follow the natural contour of your eyelids. Using these incisions, skin in removed from the lids. Excess fat in the lower lids is redistributed, giving a smoother contour at the cheek-eyelid junction.
You will need to ice your eyes frequently, limit strenuous physical activities and rest your eyes for the first few days. Saline drops may be needed to alleviate any feelings of dryness until the swelling subsides. Within 3 to 5 days, stitches will be removed. If you normally wear contact lenses, you will not be able to wear them for at least two weeks, so please be sure you have glasses available. Within one week, most patients are able to go back to work and resume their normal lifestyle. That said, there is usually minor bruising and skin should be protected from wind, sun and other environmental irritants.