Can You See Right After an Eyelid Lift?

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As we get older, our skin begins to stretch, and our muscles weaken, causing wrinkles in various parts of the body. Unfortunately, the eyelids are not exempt from this aging process. Excess fat can gather above and below the eyelids, which has a variety of unwanted side effects, including drooping eyebrows, saggy upper eyelids, and bags under the eyes. In some severe cases, the sagging skin can even affect your peripheral vision.

In these situations, an eyelid lift may be a good option for boosting your self-confidence or restoring your vision. However, many prospective patients are hesitant to have surgery on such a sensitive and important part of the body. In addition, one question always comes up more than any other: "Will I still be able to see following the surgery?" At Luminary Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ryan Couvillion and his experienced team have the answers for our patients in Houston, TX.

What is an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is an outpatient procedure, which can visibly reduce wrinkles and sagging in one or both eyelids, as well as improve the vision of some patients. There are three types of eyelid lifts to consider:

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery
  • Double Eyelid Surgery

In almost all cases, Dr. Couvillion will usually use a combination of intraocular and intravenous medication to numb the eyelids and help you relax. If both eyelids are undergoing the procedure, the upper eyelid will usually be done first. Dr. Couvillion will make an incision along the fold of the eyelid in order to hide any scarring after blepharoplasty surgery. Excess skin, muscle, and fat are then removed before the incision is closed using stitches. For the lower lid, the process works much the same except the incision is made either directly below the eyelashes or just inside the lower eyelid itself.

What is the Recovery Process for an Eyelid Lift?

Houston, TX patients will be able to return home after a few short hours spent being monitored in the recovery room. It is possible to see during this time. However, in some cases, gauze may be used to cover the eye(s) for a short while following the surgery. Slight discomfort or tightness may be felt, but should subside in the days following the procedure. Regularly using ice packs — especially during the first two days — is usually an effective means of reducing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. If necessary, we can prescribe medication to alleviate the pain.

The eyes may also be sticky, sensitive to light, or alternate between feeling watery and dry. Additionally, vision can be blurry during this stage of the healing process. Most patients will notice that their eyes grow weary very quickly in the first few days after eyelid surgery. For this reason, we recommend patients limit their reading, computer, and TV habits to avoid overworking their eyes while they recover. No matter how tired or irritated the eyes may feel, it is important not to rub or put pressure on them for at least one week. The following activities should also be avoided for the predetermined amount of time, or until Dr. Couvillion gives his approval following an assessment of your eyelid lift recovery:

  • Getting hair colored or permed (10 days)
  • Swimming, gardening, or dusting (1 – 2 weeks)
  • Wearing contact lenses (2 weeks)
  • Applying eye makeup (2 weeks)
  • Bending over or strenuous activity (2 weeks)

When Will I Notice Results from an Eyelid Lift?

The eyelids will likely appear swollen and bruised for around 1 – 3 weeks after the surgery. However, many patients find that they are ready to go out in public or back to work within about 10 – 14 days. As time passes, the swelling and discoloration will subside until finally — any time from 1 – 3 months after undergoing the procedure — you'll be able to see the final results of the "new" you.

Lift your spirits and your confidence by scheduling your procedure at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Our staff can walk you through each and every step of the process, from financing all the way to aftercare. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your options with Dr. Ryan Couvillion.


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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.