Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is done to remove and tighten excess eyelid skin, resulting in a youthful look. During surgery, incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelid, in the crease of the upper eyelid and just beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid. The surgeon will make precise markings to assign where excess skin needs to be removed. Some underlying muscle may also be taken out.
In the procedure tissues are removed with scalpels, surgical scissors and radio-frequency cutting devices. Sutures are carefully applied to smooth and reconfigure areas around the eyebrows and eyelids. You will have some pain during surgery. Later, cold packs must be applied at hourly frequencies for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time. The cold compress will reduce swelling and minimize bruising. On the second day, apply cold packs every few hours for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time. A possible complication resulting from eyelid surgery is a temporary inability to close the eyelids completely. This dries up the eyes abnormally but this condition is usually resolved after a few weeks.