What is Eyelid Surgery? (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty is the technical name for an eyelid lift. This can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids. Both men and women seek a Blepharoplasty to solve the following problems:

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Vision problems associated with puffy eyelids
  • Fullness under or above the eyes
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Eyelid Surgery Benefits

Some benefits of a Blepharoplasty:

  • Fewer Fine Lines
  • Reduced bags under eyes
  • Improved Vision
  • Refreshed Appearance
  • A more confident You

Best Candidates For A Eyelid Surgery

Think carefully about your expectations and desires and discuss them with Dr. Stiller. A thorough understanding and explanation of what you are looking for is critical to you and your results. Your consultation is a time for you to communicate your expectations to Dr. Stiller and to work together to choose the best procedure for you.

Eyelid Surgery Before & After

A before and after image set of a man and woman that underwent eyelid surgery.

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Get To Know Your Doctor

This is your time to get to know Dr. Stiller and the staff at Stiller. Be sure to convey your goals and expectations for the surgical procedure.

Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you. All of your questions related to the procedure will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Dr. Stiller will perform an examination of your trouble area at the consultation.

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Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications and he will explain the preoperative and postoperative process.

Eyelid Surgery Risks

All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.

Bleeding

As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.

Infection
Ectropion
Asymmetry
Blindness

1. Getting Ready For Surgery

Dr. Stiller can perform eyelid surgery on the upper or lower eyelids or on both in a single procedure. 

These are delicate procedures that employ small incisions. On the upper eyelid, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid to conceal any scarring. Muscle tissue is tightened, excess skin is trimmed, and any excess fat is usually repositioned rather than removed. By moving fast, creates a more natural-looking final result, not the hollow look you may have seen with unsuccessful surgeries done elsewhere. 

On the lower eyelid, the incision is made just below the lower eyelash, or on the inside of the eyelid. More excess skin may be removed on this lid, as it is often leading to puffiness and excessive wrinkling beneath the eye. 

2. Surgery Day

Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery. You should wear a button-down or zipper front shirt and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers.

You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia.

For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time. You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you for the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.

3. Eyelid Surgery

A Blepharoplasty can be performed with sedation or general anesthesia.

The decision for a Blepharoplasty is a very personal choice. The most important thing is how you feel. If your goals have been met, then your Blepharoplasty was a success. However, it is very important to continue follow-ups as recommended by Dr. Stiller.

4. After The Surgery

You will likely feel tired and sore for a few days following the Blepharoplasty, but we want you walking immediately after the surgery.

Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed pain medications. Sleep with your head elevated to decrease the amount of swelling.

Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a few days. Dr. Stiller will direct you regarding resuming exercise and normal activities during your follow-up evaluations.

Eyelid Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

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If you're interested in learning more about eyelid surgery please contact us for a consultation at 509-747-5773 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.

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