What Should I Expect from Eyelid Surgery?

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Although every patient has a unique journey with surgery, there are a few steps you can expect.

Before the Procedure

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, which means that you do not spend the night in a clinic or hospital

Before the procedure, we may give you medications to help you relax. You will also receive injections into your eyelids to help numb them to increase your comfort.

During Surgery

For cosmetic surgery on the upper eyelids, Dr. Purewal cuts along the fold of the eyelid in order to remove excess skin, muscle, and in some cases, fat. Depending on your facial structure and cosmetic goals, Dr. Purewal may tighten your skin and in alignment with your desired results.

Once Dr. Purewal finishes removing excess material and repositioning the skin and fat around your upper eyes, she closes the incision.

For surgery on your lower lids, such as removing puffy bags, Dr. Purewal makes a small cut right below your lashes or inside your lower lid. Like with the upper eyelid, Dr. Purewal removes excess material and may redistribute skin and fat.

The surgery may take one to three hours, depending on whether you’re having the procedure on both the upper and lower eyelids or are having any additional work done.

After the Procedure

Immediately after surgery, our staff will monitor your recovery. After surgery you may experience:

  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity

These are typical, temporary effects of eyelid surgery. The watery eyes are from lubricating ointment applied to the skin around your eyes for a soothing effect. Blurred vision and light sensitivity are normal parts of recovery as well.

If you have any concerns about symptoms you’re experiencing, make sure to voice them to our team.