Eyelid Surgery Morehead City, NC
The eyelids often show the first signs of aging and can give a person a “tired” look. Eyelid Surgery can rejuvenate the eyes making them, and your overall expression, look more youthful and refreshed.
An “Eyelid Lift” refers to the treatment of loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelids that can create folds or disturbs the natural contour of the eyelids, sometimes impairing vision. Eyelid surgery may also eliminate excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids.
Surgery of the lower eyelids is generally done to eliminate “bags” under the eyes, remove excess skin, and improve fine wrinkles. Lower eyelid procedures are often performed in conjunction with chemical peels or laser resurfacing as an alternative approach to tightening the skin, reducing fine wrinkle and improving the dark discoloration of the lower eyelids.
Eyelid surgery is most commonly performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center setting on an outpatient basis. The incisions are carefully positioned, according to the condition being corrected, to allow the removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin as appropriate. In all cases, great care is taken to strategically place eyelid surgery incisions in such a way as to make them almost invisible. Dr. Klainer will explain his strategy for your individual condition at your eyelid surgery consultation and again review it during your pre-op visit.
During recovery as swelling and bruising subside, the results of your eyelid surgery will gradually appear to reveal smoother, more defined eyelids and a rejuvenated natural appearance.
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Eyelid Surgery Downtime & Discomfort
Before eyelid surgery and for your safety, you may be required to undergo lab tests or a medical evaluation. For some patients, new medications may need to be introduced or current medications adjusted. All eyelid surgery patients are asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding and swelling leading to a longer recovery time. Dr. Klainer will discuss these matters and the type of anesthesia to be used at your eyelid surgery pre-op consultation.
Eyelid Lift surgery is usually an outpatient procedure and most patients can return to work in 5-7 days. In some eyelid surgery patients swelling and bruising may persist for as long as 10 to 14 days. Women can apply make-up the day after sutures are removed which is 5-7 days after the procedure.
The degree of discomfort that you can expect from eyelid surgery can be characterized as “moderate and very manageable”. You will be given specific post-eyelid surgery instructions that will include how to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, as well as specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health and when to follow-up with Dr. Klainer.
During your healing process, you can expect some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort all of which can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ophthalmic ointment. You should not hesitate to contact Dr. Klainer should you have any concerns during your recovery from eyelid surgery.
Q: Will the skin and/or fat return after eyelid surgery?
A: Although the appearance of excess skin may return, it usually does not occur for more than 10 to 15 years. The fat that is removed during eyelid surgery is gone permanently.
Q: Where is the eyelid surgery procedure performed?
A: The procedure is performed at either Carteret General Hospital, The Surgical Center of Morehead City or in the office. It is usually done on an outpatient basis. On specific occasions, and for the upper eyelids only, the procedure may be performed in the office using a local anesthetic.
Q: What type of anesthesia is used?
A: Eyelid surgery is performed under local anesthetic, IV or oral sedation or general anesthesia. The method most suited to your individual circumstances will be determined in your pre-op consultation with Dr. Klainer.
Q: How can I find out more about eyelid surgery?
A: Contact Dr. Klainer today for your complimentary eyelid surgery consultation. Make your appointment today at 252-222-5888.