Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Cape Coral, Florida
Let’s face it. No one wants sagging skin in and around the eyelids. Not only does it make you look older, the upper eyelid may sag so severely that it interferes with your fields of vision. Thankfully, a procedure known as upper eyelid blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these problems, and you can have it done right here in Cape Coral, Florida at the Elmquist Eye Group.
What is this surgery like?
As people age, the eyelid skin stretches and the supporting muscles become weak. The upper eyelids begin to sag and you may develop under-eye bags. Blepharoplasty is a surgery performed to repair droopy eyelids. The surgeon often repositions fat, or may even remove excess fat and skin to create a more natural-looking eyelid.
If you cannot completely open your eyes, you may need this procedure, which can give your eyes a younger appearance. All four eyelids can be repaired during one surgery.
Any surgical procedure carries risk, but blepharoplasty is generally a very low-risk, safe procedure. Infection and bleeding are risks, but rarely occur. Most patients experience dry eye and eye irritation which dissipates in a couple of days. Talk to our team if you are concerned about the risks.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
First, come see us at Elmquist Eye Group. We will perform a physical examination and take an extensive medical history and look at any conditions you currently have, as well as your current medications and risk factors.
We will also perform a thorough vision exam and may even take eyelid photographs. Using all of these measures, the Elmquist team will comprehensively determine if you are a candidate for the surgery. If you are, we will have a realistic discussion with you to ensure your expected outcomes for blepharoplasty match what the surgeon thinks will work well for you.
There are some precautions to take prior to surgery. We will ask you to stop taking all blood-thinning medications like aspirin or warfarin. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit smoking several weeks before your surgery, because smoking can reduce the ability to heal following the procedure.
What can I expect on surgery day?
You will need to have someone drive you to and from your surgery, even though it is an outpatient surgery. You should have someone stay the night with you on the night following your procedure. Each eye takes about 20 minutes, then you will go to recovery where we will monitor you for any complications. Later that day, you get to go home!
Many patients experience swelling, and even bruising that can look similar to a black eye. To help with the swelling, we strongly recommend sleeping with a slightly elevated head. Some patients experience mild pain or discomfort. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications usually do the trick. Many patients experience watery eyes, dry eye, blurred vision or light sensitivity immediately after surgery.
We ask that you avoid activities like heavy lifting, jogging and swimming for at least a week. Avoid smoking, keep your eyelids clean and use medications as prescribed. Do not rub your eyes or wear your contact lenses until we clear you at your appointment one week post-surgery. You may find that you need to wear sunglasses outdoors.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Near You
If you are not happy with your appearance, and your eyelids are a major culprit, come to Elmquist Eye Group for a diagnosis from the best upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgeon in Cape Coral, Dr. Rodriguez. If she recommends surgery, rest assured our whole Elmquist team will provide you with the best possible blepharoplasty experience. So don’t wait. You can trust your eyes to the professionals at Elmquist Eye Group. Call us today to make an appointment.