Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Is It Right for You?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals who are physically healthy and realistic in their expectations. Most patients are 35 or older, but some people may opt for the surgery earlier if droopy, baggy eyelids are a family trait. Conditions that may make eyelid surgery more risky include the following: Thyroid problems (such as hypothyroidism and Graves' disease), dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma can also be cause for concern; consult with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery.
Eyelid surgery performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon is considered safe and effective. However, all surgical procedures carry risks or complications. For eyelid surgery, the risks include (but are not limited to): double or blurred vision for a few days; temporary swelling at the corner of the eyelids; and a slight asymmetry or unevenness in healing or scarring. Tiny whiteheads may appear after the stitches are removed; your doctor can remove them with a fine needle. Some patients have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep. In rare cases, this condition may be permanent. Another very rare complication is ectropion, a pulling down of lower lids. In this case, further surgery is required.
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