Drooping or baggy eyelids can cause you to look tired or angry. They can also obstruct your peripheral vision. A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the upper or lower eyelids by a combination of procedures. It can include excision of excess skin, tightening of loose lids, repositioning/excision/or adding of fat in an effort to give a more youthful appearance to the lids. Blepharoplasty surgery and the approach to this surgery are individualized to each patient. This procedure is sometimes combined with a browlift or facelift. At your personal consultation with Dr. Lovelace she will discuss your options with you. In some cases, this procedure can even be done in clinic under local anesthesia. If your drooping upper lids are contributing to obstruction of your peripheral vision, your insurance may approve your procedure. If you have any additional concerns or questions please contact our Fort Worth office which located just off Heritage Trace Parkway conveniently located to Southlake, Keller, Argyle and Mansfield.
How much pain will I have?
Mild to Moderate
How much will it cost?
If your drooping lids are contributing to obstruction of your peripheral vision, your insurance may approve your procedure. Otherwise, a price quote detailing fees for the facility, anesthesia, and surgeon will be given at the consultation.
What is the hospital/surgery center time?
The procedure takes 1-3 hours. You will either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital depending on your individual needs.
What medications should I take or avoid with my surgery?
You should not take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for a week before your procedure, and you should hold all over the counter supplements a week before surgery. This will help reduce the risk of bleeding intraoperatively, and help reduce the risk of postoperative hematoma (collection of blood). If blood thinners are prescribed for you by your cardiologist or primary care physician, you should get clearance from them to hold these medications before they are discontinued. You should hold all hormones 6 weeks before surgery. Birth control pills should be held 6 weeks before surgery as well. Of course you should make sure to use alternative forms of birth control during and after this time. Hormones and birth control pills put you at a higher risk of blood clots. These clots can go to your lungs and cause serious illness or even death. We call this a pulmonary embolus. Steroids should be weaned off at least a month before your surgery, and this weaning process should be set up and cleared by your prescribing physician. Dr. Lovelace and the staff will go through your list of medication, and let you know what exactly you need to do with those medications preoperatively. Make sure that you bring all of your medications with you to your consultation. You will usually be given your prescriptions for your postoperative medication on your preoperative visit so that they can be filled and at your house when you get home from surgery.
Will I need clearances from any other physicians?
Depending on your age and medical issues, Dr. Lovelace and her staff will set you up with your primary care physician, cardiologist, etc. for clearance prior to your surgery. At that time any necessary labs, EKGs, or chest x-rays will be done.
What is the recovery?
Sutures are normally removed on postoperative day 6. Most patients return to non-strenuous work in a week following surgery. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are typically gone within 2-3 weeks. Strenuous activities can be resumed at approximately 6-8 weeks after surgery.
What are the risks?
The risks of a blepharoplasty include bleeding, infection, scarring, hematoma, seroma, asymmetry, poor cosmesis, need for further surgery, ectropion, entropion, chemosis, loss of vision, globe injury, numbness/hypersensation, nerve/vessel/muscle injury, dehiscence, keloids, visibility/palpability of sutures, cardiac/pulmonary/stroke/DVT/PE events, death, etc.
Of course if you have any additional questions about this procedure or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lovelace please contact our Fort Worth office which is conveniently located to Southlake, Keller, Argyle and Mansfield.