What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
This procedure removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from upper eyelids and puffy bags from under your eyes.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
The best candidates for this procedure are men and women over the age of 35 who are psychologically stable, physically fit, and realistic in their expectations. For a private consultation, please call Dr. Bradley at 618-355-0993.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Eyelid surgery will leave few visible scars, and the face looks younger and more vibrant.
How long does the procedure last?
The procedure is usually outpatient and lasts 1 to 3 hours. General or local anesthesia with sedation is usually used.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Be prepared to provide a complete medical history to Dr. Bradley, along with your most recent eye exam. It’s also important to inform him if you smoke, if you are taking any medications, herbal supplements, and/or vitamins or if you have any allergies.
What does surgery involve?
Dr. Bradley will make an incision in the natural creases of your eyelids and separate the skin from the muscle to remove excess fat and tissue. The incisions are then sealed with very fine sutures. Incisions can also be made within the eyelid so there are no visible scars.
Will I spend the night in your facility or be released after surgery?
Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure.
When can I return to my normal lifestyle?
After surgery, reading is not recommended for 2 or 3 days, and you can return to work within 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses should not be worn for 2 weeks or more, and strenuous activity and alcohol should be put on hold for 3 weeks. It will take several weeks for bruising and swelling to disappear.
Will I need a follow-up visit?
With every procedure, Dr. Bradley strives to provide personal follow-up visits to monitor your progress and answer any post-operative questions.