How to Prepare for Lower Eyelid Surgery

The term blepharoplasty can refer to either an upper or lower eyelid surgery. The lower eyelid procedure is the more difficult of the two. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty aims to reduce bags and wrinkles under the lids. Consult a qualified doctor before any type of surgery. In this article, we provide some important questions that you should ask your surgeon.

Which incisions type will you be using?

Accessing the lower eyelid is possible via several different approaches. Some incisions on the inner side of the lower eyelid are hidden. When healed, some incisions can be made right below the lashline. Depending on the factors involved, and these can be discussed in depth with your surgeon, there are many options.

Does my lower eyelid feel loose?

When performing surgery on the lower lid, it’s important to check that lower eyelid is sufficiently tight. It is important to ensure that the eyelid is tight. If it isn’t, you run the risk of having the eyelid pull down and dry out your eyes after surgery. If the lower eyelid appears loose, the surgeon pinches the lower and then pulls it. It is loose when the lower lid takes too long to retract, or it needs a couple of blinks before returning to its position. The lower eyelid may be loose and a tightening procedure is needed. This procedure may be done in conjunction with the lower eyelid operation and should be discussed beforehand.

What happens if I have bags or wrinkles under my eyelids after the surgery?

It is common for patients to have pseudoherniation. Bags are produced when the fat normally found around the eyes has been pushed past the outer edge of the eye socket. The bags can be on the cheek for some patients. Lower eyelid surgeries will not help. It is also important to inquire if the doctor can correct discoloration by operating just on the lower eyelid. Many times, dark circles beneath the eyes result from shadows caused by the fat. This discoloration may be due to skin pigment. Additional procedures could be necessary to only treat discoloration around the eye.

What’s my recovery time?

While each patient will be different, generally speaking, bruising or swelling as well as bleeding is the main factor that limits activities. Different techniques for the lower lid will result in different levels of swelling and bruises. Talk to your surgeon regarding the time that you should expect not to do normal things.