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Questions to Ask before Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is an effective way to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance overall. This procedure is highly customizable to the unique needs of each patient, with the ability to focus on the lower lids, upper lids or both lids at the same time. If you have determined that eyelid surgery is the right choice for you, there are a few questions you should ask your plastic surgeon before you schedule your procedure.

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Candidates for eyelid surgery might have a variety of concerns, including:

  • Excess, drooping skin on the upper eyelid
  • Puffiness in the lower lids that makes you look chronically tired
  • Sagging skin and bags under the lower eyes
  • Drooping of the lower lid that exposes the white of the eye under the iris
  • Fine lines or creases that appear around the upper or lower lid
  • What type of anesthesia will be used?
    Eyelid surgery can often be performed under local anesthesia minimizing anesthesia-related risks during and after your procedure. However, this choice may vary, based on the specific procedures you requested or the complexity of the surgery. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so you can go home the same day as your surgery.

What will my recovery look like?
Recovery from eyelid surgery usually comes with specific instructions on how to care for your eyes as they go through the healing process. Head elevation and cool compresses during the first few days helps with recovery by reducing excessive swelling. Most can return to work in about a week and a half.

Dr. Stephen Small performs eyelid surgery at his Toms River and Manahawkin locations in New Jersey. An experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Small can help you determine the procedure and technique to provide you with the best possible results. To learn more about eyelid surgery in New Jersey, contact Ocean Plastic Surgery at 732-255-7155.