Blepharoplasty is a surgical OPERATION to remove excess tissue from the eyelids to correct drooping upper eyelids and “baggy” lower eyelids. Such conditions most commonly develop as a consequence of aging or extensive weight loss or when there is damage to the nerves that control the eyelid muscles (such as with PARKINSON’S DISEASE). An ophthalmologist or a plastic surgeon performs blepharoplasty, usually as an AMBULATORY SURGERY (also called outpatient or same-day surgery). Recovery takes two to four weeks; there can be significant swelling, bruising, and discoloration especially during the first two weeks after the operation. Cold compresses help reduce these symptoms. The risks of blepharoplasty include excessive bleeding and INFECTION.
See also BLACK EYE; BLEPHAROSPASM; PLASTIC SURGERY; PTOSIS; RHINOPLASTY; RHITIDOPLASTY; SURGERY BENEFIT AND RISK ASSESSMENT.