Blepharoplasty FAQs

What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is an elective surgical procedure of the eyelids which can improve the appearance of the eyes. The surgery restores a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eye area by removing excess fat, muscle and skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Is blepharoplasty right for me?
If you are looking to improve the appearance of puffy lower eyelid bags and/or drooping of the upper eyelids and realistic in your expectations, then blepharoplasty may be right for you. Patients must understand that the surgery will not affect dark circles, wrinkles around the lines, or sagging of the eyebrows. Dr. Singh is happy to meet one on one to help you decide if blepharoplasty is right for you.

What anesthesia is blepharoplasty performed with?
Local anesthesia with oral sedation or intravenous anesthesia (twilight) may be used depending on your preferences and general health.

What happens at the consultation for blepharoplasty?
During the consultation for blepharoplasty, Dr. Singh will meet with you to examine your eyes, discuss your goals, and take a medical history. If you have certain medical conditions or ophthalmologic problems, Dr. Singh may recommend a medical or eye exam prior to surgery. Dr. Singh will also weigh other factors like your age, skin type and attitude towards surgery in order to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.

He will go over the various techniques available, the anesthesia options, and risks. Any questions or concerns that you may have will also be discussed. If necessary, Dr. Singh may recommend complementary surgery, such as a brow lift or skin resurfacing, to help you achieve the look you want.

What are the benefits of laser blepharoplasty over traditional surgery?
The post-op benefits of laser-assisted blepharoplasty are reduced swelling and bruising (though the end results of all the techniques are similar). In addition, the laser allows for more safety during the procedure as bleeding during the procedure is greatly reduced.

How is the surgery for blepharoplasty performed?
Dr. Singh begins the blepharoplasty surgery by injecting making careful measurements, marking the skin, and injecting local anesthetic. The incisions in the upper eyelids are along the natural creases. For the lower eyelids, they may be along the lash line or inside the lower eyelid. Then the excess fat, muscle and loose skin will be removed. The incisions are closed with fine dissolving sutures.

How long is the surgical time for blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty may take between 45 minutes to three hours to complete depending on the extent of the work, the technique used, and the technology utilized.

Where are the blepharoplasty incisions made?
The incisions for upper lid blepharoplasty are made along the natural creases. For lower lids, they may be along the lash line and smile creases or on the inside of the lower eyelids.

Will I have scars after blepharoplasty surgery?
For traditional blepharoplasty, the incisions are located in such a way so as fall in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and are nearly invisible. For transconjunctival blepharoplasty, the incisions are on the inside of the lower eyelids and leave no visible scar.

Does blepharoplasty involve much pain?
You may experience mild soreness and tightness of the eyelids along with some temporary tearing and burning. This discomfort can be alleviated with Tylenol.

What is the recovery from blepharoplasty like?
Swelling and bruising may occur and will usually peak on the second or third day after surgery. This can be reduced with cold compresses, keeping the head elevated, and taking optional vitamins during the recovery period.

When will I be able to resume work after my blepharoplasty surgery?
Work and most normal activities can usually be resumed with five to ten days after the blepharoplasty surgery.

When will the stitches be removed after my blepharoplasty procedure?
Stitches usually dissolve on their own within a week.