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What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery, or lower blepharoplasty, is a procedure done to correct excess skin or puffiness on the lower eyelids that can cause patients to appear tired or aged. This procedure can help patients restore a more youthful and energized appearance.

Who is a Candidate?

Those with deep grooves under the eyes, puffy lower eyelids, excess skin and wrinkles under the eyelids, or bags and dark circles can often benefit from lower eyelid surgery. The surgery can also be used to tighten the lower lids and correct sagging lids that may have pulled away from the eyeball, a condition that is known as an ectropion.  A consultation with Dr. Sweat is needed to determine if this procedure is right for you. During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals, ask questions, and discuss any concerns you may have.

The Procedure

During lower eyelid surgery, an incision will be created just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin and fat will be removed. A transconjunctival incision, which is created inside of the lower eyelid, is another option used to redistribute or remove excess fat. During this technique, no excess skin is removed unless an additional incision is created externally. Incisions will be closed with very fine sutures to reduce the chance of scarring, most of which will dissolve on their own without the need for removal.

The Results

Following lower eyelid surgery, patients will experience light sensitivity, tearing, swelling and bruising. Applying cold packs intermittently for the first 48 hours after surgery around the eyes can help to diminish swelling and minimize discomfort. Over the counter pain medications can be used to help with any discomfort and prescription pain medication will be given as necessary. Any stitches will be removed after about a week. Following Dr. Sweat’s aftercare instructions can help to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

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