Drooping Eyelids


Having drooping eyelids can in some cases diminish one’s appearance and in other cases result in uncomfortable vision complications. Those living with allergies or edema may often experience exacerbated symptoms due to having drooping eyelids. These symptoms can worsen particularly if one is exposed to dirt, dust, pollen, and other potential allergens. Considering a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, may be the correct course of action for both cosmetic and functional reasons.

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Functional vs Cosmetic Surgery

When it comes to deciding whether or not a blepharoplasty is necessary, it’s important to consider one’s intention for having the surgery. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is not medically needed and is performed solely for aesthetic reasons. This type of surgery is often undertaken by those who develop drooping eyelids due to hereditary reasons and age. Functional surgery, on the other hand, is performed for medical reasons such as difficulty wearing glasses, irritation, and forehead discomfort. Regardless of the reason for surgery, the procedure is fairly straightforward and winsome results can be expected several weeks after treatment.

Drooping Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The procedure involves making incisions in the crease of the upper eyelid and right beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid. These cuts are made precisely to retain the natural appearance of your eyes after surgery. Following the incisions, the surgeon will use glue or sutures to carefully piece back your skin. In some cases, CO2 lasers may be used for resurfacing skin (to reduce wrinkles) and added incisions to elevate the eyebrows may be needed. 

Eyelid Surgery Results

Following the procedure, a topical antibiotic ointment should be applied to avoid infections. Applying cold packs to the eyes on the first day should reduce swelling. Using warm compresses on the eyes after 48 hours will help with the healing process. Patients can achieve natural-looking results with well-concealed incisions after the eyelids have properly healed following surgery. Normal swelling after eyelid surgery usually takes 6-8 weeks to completely resolve. You’ll see more final results 12 weeks after surgery.

Drooping Eyelid Surgery in Palo Alto, California

Drooping eyelids shouldn’t stand in the way of living the life you’ve always wanted. Illuminate Plastic Surgery is staffed by skilled medical professionals dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Palo Alto community. Make an appointment today by calling 650.433.8621 or submitting your information via the form below.

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