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What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Dr. Alton Ingram MD: What Are the Steps in An Eyelid Surgery Procedure?

Did you know that eyelid surgery isn’t just for cosmetic purposes? While many patients undergo this type of surgery to have double eyelids, there are also those who have functional problems that necessitate the need to undergo eyelid surgery, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD. For eyelid surgery, one example of a functional need for it is to remove loose or sagging skin that may be impairing a patient’s vision.

The Steps for Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Regardless of purpose or intent to undergo eyelid surgery, the procedure is more or less the same. Dr. Alton Ingram MD shares that patients must first determine whether they are a candidate for the procedure. In general, the best candidates for eyelid surgery should be healthy individuals, non-smokers, have realistic expectations, and do not have any serious eye conditions. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to consult your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy and determine the best course of action for your concerns or goals.

On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will first administer anesthesia, which can either be general anesthesia or through intravenous sedation.

Next, the surgeon will make an incision on the natural creases of the eyelid. Depending on the goal of the surgery, the surgeon may remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD.

After that the surgeon will now close the incision. Because it’s done on the natural creases of the eyelid, the resultant scars will be well-concealed. In general, it takes a week before the sutures can be removed.

Finally, patients are given post-procedure care instructions by their surgeon as they may experience bruising and swelling during the recovery period.

This is a general outline of the steps in an eyelid surgery procedure.