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Eyelid Surgery

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Even small improvements in your eyelids can revive the overall appearance of your eyes. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can reveal bright, clear eyes formerly concealed by excess skin and fat. Dr. Gus Galante performs eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) for Indiana men and women whose eyes look tired and lifeless because of sagging upper eyelids or under-eye bags. Results often last for many years.

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This 65-year-old woman came in for a consultation to discuss the options available to improve the appearance of saggy skin on her neck and droopy eyelids. After a thorough discussion and examination, I recommended combining blepharoplasty eyelid surgery with a facelift to get opt...Read On

Talking It Over

During your consultation, Dr. Galante will perform a thorough examination. He will obtain a complete medical history and ask whether you regularly experience eye dryness or pain. He will also examine your eyes, eyebrows and lids and evaluate how they interrelate both aesthetically and functionally.

Procedure Specifics

Eyelid surgery occurs on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the day of your procedure. You will receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure typically lasts between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the amount of tissue removed and whether your procedure involves surgery of both the upper and lower eyelids.

For an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Galante will make an incision in your natural eyelid crease to remove excess skin and tissue. For a lower eyelid lift, he will make a delicate incision along the lash line of the lower eyelid or, in some cases, inside the lower eyelid. He will close the incision sites with very fine sutures.

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  • Many patients seeking blepharoplasty actually need a forehead lift to address a sagging or heavy brow.
  • Some patients choose to have additional facial sculpting procedures such as a facelift, or non-surgical procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic, filler injections or skin treatments.

After Your Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Dr. Galante will lubricate your eyes before releasing you. Any discomfort will usually be minimal and can be relieved with medication.

Sleeping with your head elevated for a night or two and applying a cold compress during the day can reduce any swelling. You may experience blurred vision for a few days. In rare cases, patients have trouble closing their eyes completely for a week or two. Your sutures will be removed within a week, which may alleviate tightness.

Bruising and swelling will dissipate in about 10 days. Avoid activities that cause dryness or irritation to your eyes, including wearing contact lenses. Your eyes may be sensitive to light for the first week.

You can return to light activities within a few days. Many patients wait to return to work until their stitches are removed. Though you may feel great within the first week of recovery, remember to monitor your blood pressure and avoid strenuous activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get eyelid surgery or a forehead lift?

Many of the patients who come in for forehead lift or eyelid surgery consultations are better candidates for one treatment or the other. It's often difficult to know without being assessed by an experienced plastic surgeon. Aging causes our upper eyelids to sag and results in excess skin and fat. If the brow itself is sagging, surgical elevation results in a more alert appearance. In many cases, combining the procedures achieves better results. Dr. Galante can use his experience to help you decide which choice is best for you.

Will eyelid surgery remove dark circles under my eyes?

Blepharoplasty for the lower eyelids can remove fatty under-eye bags, but it generally won't diminish the appearance of dark circles. Non-surgical treatments including injectable fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and laser skin resurfacing can be combined with surgery to complete the aesthetic enhancement of the eyes.

Am I too young for eyelid surgery?

Because our eyes are one of the face's primary focal points, people tend to notice even slight imperfections at an earlier age. There isn't a true age limit for eyelid surgery as long as you're a healthy adult. Genetics can sometimes be to blame for eyelids sagging before you turn 30. If it bothers you, consult with a plastic surgeon about possible solutions, including surgery.

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