Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a common type of surgery used to correct excess skin or fat deposits around the eyes. Drooping eyelids can be hereditary or caused by the natural aging process. In some cases, drooping eyelids can impact vision, making this type of surgery necessary for continued, good vision.
The certified dermatologists at our Orange County locations perform eyelid surgery as an outpatient service. This procedure is typically done under local anesthesia. The dermatologist will make a small incision in your upper lid, remove the excess skin and fat, and gently close the incision.
Lower lid surgery is done in the same manner. The incision is made at the lash line, fat and skin is either removed or repositioned, and fine sutures are used to close the lid.
In most cases, people who undergo eyelid surgery are ready to return to work after seven to ten days. This time period is necessary for the swelling to completely diminish and the bruising to disappear. The mild pain that may be associated with this procedure is usually gone within a day or two. Your dermatologist will provide you with the necessary time frame for returning to work based on your individual case.