What are the risks and complications involved with having eyelid surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Some minor complications include blurred vision for several days, dry eye, swelling and bruising. Several medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky. Hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, detached retina, and glaucoma all increase the risk of complications.
Dr. Miller suggests that you consult with your ophthalmologist if you have or have had any of these conditions. Dr. Miller will fully present the risks and complications to you during your consultation. Having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the likelihood of complications.
Who are the most suitable candidates for eyelid lift surgery?
The ideal candidate for eyelid surgery is someone with puffy eyelids with loose and baggy skin. Typically, these patients are in their late thirties and upward although some people with a family history of sagging eyelids might opt to have eyelid surgery sooner.
How long will the positive effects of eyelid surgery last?
An eyelid lift will make you look years younger. The effects will last for quite some time; for many people it lasts forever.
How can I hide the scars?
The scars may remain slightly pink for six months or longer. However, they eventually fade into a thin, white line that is practically invisible. In addition, there are some wonderful camouflage cosmetics that are designed specifically to conceal and/or disguise the scars.
Will I be able to be in the sun?
Sunglasses should be worn while outdoors, as the eyes will probably be sensitive to the light. Sun protection, with at least an SPF of 15, should be used for the first six months after surgery. It is always a good idea to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun regardless.
Can the upper and lower lids be done simultaneously?
Absolutely. This is an ideal combination to obtain maximal improvement and rejuvenation about the eyes.
What is transconjunctival blepharoplasty?
This procedure is usually performed on younger patients with good skin elasticity. When a pocket of fat exists under the lower eyelids, but no skin needs to be removed, Dr. Miller may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. With this procedure, the incision is made inside your lower eyelid so you will not have any visible scar.
If I have wine or a mixed drink after surgery, will it affect my eyes?
Alcohol may cause fluid retention so Dr. Miller will probably recommend that you temporarily avoid it.
Will eyelid lift affect my eyesight?
In the first few weeks following surgery, your eyes may tear excessively, be more sensitive to light and have a hard time focusing. This is all temporary. Dr. Miller may recommend eye drops since you may experience some burning or itching, and your eyelids may feel dry.
For more information about blepharoplasty, please call 702-369-1001 today. Your initial consultation with Dr. Stephen Miller is complimentary.