Your eyes are one of the main focal areas of your face and can tell a lot about who you are as a person — including your age. Droopy upper eyelids, excess skin, or puffiness beneath the eyes can all cause you to appear much older than you are. Dr. Quereshy can help to correct these issues by performing a customized upper and/or lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Eyelid surgery can have a huge impact on your overall appearance to provide you with the beautifully youthful look you desire.
Dr. Quereshy will have you start preparing for your eyelid surgery and provide you with aftercare instructions and necessary prescriptions well in advance so you are feeling relaxed and ready on the day of your procedure. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you will be required to quit using them at least six weeks before undergoing eyelid surgery.
Two weeks before and after surgery, you will be directed to discontinue taking medications and supplements that can thin the blood, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and vitamin E.
Abstain from alcohol for one week before your eyelid lift and do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Let Dr. Quereshy know if you notice any signs of infection or illness prior to your eyelid lift, as it is imperative you be in good health before having facial cosmetic surgery of any kind.
The day of surgery, be sure not to use makeup or wear metal, jewelry or contact lenses. Wash your hair and do not leave any hair products in it. Dress comfortably, and bring eyewear that will help you read paperwork before and protect your eyes from the sun after surgery.
After cleansing your face, Dr. Quereshy will make incisions in the natural crease of your upper eyelids, along the lower lash line and/or on the inside of your lower eyelid (transconjunctival approach). Different incisions are used depending on the degree and type of correction you need, but rest assured all blepharoplasty incisions are well-hidden and inconspicuous.
After removing or repositioning skin, fat and muscle in your upper and/or lower eyelids, Dr. Quereshy will close your incisions with dissolvable or removable sutures or surgical tape. Ointment and cold saline pads will be applied to your eyes directly after surgery.
Eyelid surgery can be performed under general or sedation anesthesia, and the entire procedure takes roughly 1-3 hours. Blepharoplasty surgery can also be combined with a brow lift for total upper face rejuvenation, or performed in addition to skin resurfacing around the eyes with a fractional laser or fractional CO2 laser.
For some patients, total eyelid rejuvenation is unnecessary, as just the upper eyelids or lower eyelids need correction. In these cases, upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty, not both, may be performed to provide targeted correction of excess, sagging eyelid skin in the upper eyelids or puffiness and creases in the lower eyelids.
The same techniques are used to correct isolated upper or lower eyelid problems, however upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery performed individually will result in a shorter operative time and may somewhat reduce your recovery period.
For the first 24 hours of your eyelid surgery recovery period, use wet eye pads as directed and gently apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Most patients are allowed to shower within 48 hours of eyelid surgery, prior to seeing Dr. Quereshy for the first follow-up appointment and suture removal. While your sutures are in place, keep them lubricated with ointment as directed.
For the first two weeks of the recovery period, do not let anything touch or bump your wounds, avoid strenuous activity including bending and lifting and keep your head elevated to reduce swelling. Take antibiotics and pain medication as direct to avoid infection and discomfort. Additionally, do not resume using contact lenses for two weeks.
It is safe to begin wearing makeup again a week into your eyelid surgery recovery, and most patients return to work within 1-2 weeks, once bruising has begun to subside. It is important to avoid exposing your incisions to sunlight for several weeks after surgery to ensure proper healing and avoid darkening your scars.
Dr. Quereshy will meet with you periodically to monitor your healing and advise you when you may resume normal activity and strenuous exercise. Within 3-6 months, you will begin to appreciate the final results of your eyelid surgery and the rejuvenated, rested appearance of your eyes.
The Visage Surgical Institute is located in Medina, Ohio and serves local blepharoplasty patients, as well as those from the greater Cleveland and Akron metro areas. For more information about eyelid surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy, please call (330) 721-2323.