Eyelid surgery tightens sagging lids and makes them look youthful. Your skin gradually droops as it loses elasticity with age, and the effect is most obvious in your face and most prominent around your eyes.
With age, the eyelids become baggy, and fat on the rim of the eye socket bulges forward as the tissue which kept it in place turns heavy. Some other causes of sagging eyelids are:
- Chronic Sun Exposure
- Lack of Sleep
- Fluctuations in weight
Eyelid Surgery can be done for either the upper or lower eyelid or both. At the time of the surgery, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the area that is around the eye and a mild sedative that will help you stay relaxed during the surgery.
The surgery takes one to four hours and largely depends on the extent of the surgery. A small incision is made which is done by following the natural line of the eyelids, sagging is trimmed and excess fat is removed, after which the incision is closed with fine stitches.
Recovery time for eyelid surgery is short and you can expect to continue your daily routine within a week. You might have bruising and swelling after surgery, but they disappear quickly.
Using cool compresses will greatly reduce the swelling and bruising around your eyes. Light physical activities such as walking will also help speed up recovery. Thin bandages are placed around the incision and are usually opened a week prior to surgery.