The Procedure

Eyelid surgery is performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the upper and lower eyelids. Many patients have excess skin or bags (fatty deposits) of the eyelids which leads to a more tired appearance. By removing this extra skin and fat, the eye area can be rejuvenated. Dr. Simon frequently performs eyelid surgery in the office under local anesthetic with minimal downtime.

Every patient is given a gel ice pack to use for the first 48 hrs. after surgery to maximize comfort and minimize swelling. In addition, Dr. Simon uses absorbable sutures which disappear in about five days. This will eliminate the need for uncomfortable suture removal and assure the best possible healing. Most patients having upper and lower eyelid surgery will have their procedure done in an ambulatory surgery center with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

Patients will be instructed to rest the evening after surgery and keep their head elevated. You may experience increasing tearing or dryness for several days after surgery.

Your Surgical Experience

Dr. Simon and his office staff will make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.

Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.

Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before and after surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions. You should bring dark sunglasses to wear after surgery as your eyes may be more sensitive to bright light.

For patients having upper eyelid surgery in the office, there is often minimal bruising and swelling which diminishes almost completely in one week, although this varies between patients. Most patients schedule one week off from work.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

  • – Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • – A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids (excess fat causes a tired appearance)
  • – Excess skin and wrinkling of the lids
  • – Bags under the eyes (excess fatty deposits)
  • – Lower eyelids that droop (sad expression)

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  • The Consultation Process

    Dr. Simon will examine you and will have you point out your areas of concern. You will discuss your goals from the eyelid surgery. The placement of the incisions will be demonstrated. Dr. Simon will explain to you the best technique that will safely and effectively achieve your goals.

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery

    Incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through this approach, excess skin, muscle, and fat is removed and the scar is virtually invisible. The incision will be extended beyond the lateral edge of the eye to address wrinkles in this area. Surgery for the upper eyelids is typically done in the office under local anesthetic.

  • Lower Eyelid Surgery

    Incisions for lower eyelid rejuvenation are made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid depending on the individual characteristics of the patient. Excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed as necessary. You must avoid strenuous activity for the week following surgery. Wearing contact lenses will be restricted for one week.

Risks

Dr. Simon will explain to you the risks that are involved in eyelid surgery during the consultation.

Long Term Results

Eyelid procedures have the effect of making you appear more rested, refreshed, and youthful. The final results will become more apparent several weeks after operation to allow the natural healing process to take place. The incisions are placed in natural creases and fade nicely to the point where they are virtually imperceptible.