Blepharoplasty

Come see us for eyelid surgery in Hailey, Idaho

People in Sun Valley who have droopy eyelids and want to achieve a younger look opt to have blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, with Dr. Crais.

eyelid surgery in sun valley idWhat is eyelid surgery?

Due to aging, gravity, and genetics, over time the skin on the eyelids loses its elasticity, creating wrinkles and bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. In some cases, excess skin on the upper eyelid may affect a person’s vision. Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, corrects those conditions by manipulating the eyelids to provide a “lifting” effect, restoring a younger look to the patient.

Who are good candidates for eyelid surgery?

Most eyelid surgery patients are at least 35 years old, although some patients may opt for the surgery at a younger age if they have inherited droopy eyelids. Although eyelid surgery will enhance one’s appearance, it does not alter facial structure. Thus, it is important to discuss your goals and expectations with Dr. Crais before undergoing the procedure.

How will I prepare for blepharoplasty?

Before the day of the procedure, you will be instructed to have certain items ready to aid in your recovery — ice packs, gauze pads, artificial tears, and pain medications. You will also need to arrange for someone to drive you home and assist you while you recover.

What can I expect during my eyelid surgery?

A blepharoplasty can be done in the hospital or at the office of Dr. Crais. You may be under local anesthesia or IV sedation during the procedure. Eyelid surgery involves creating an incision along the natural creases of the eyelids. After the cut is made, the skin is then separated from the underlying tissue. Excess skin, fat, and muscle are removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures.

There are different techniques available in blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Crais chooses the appropriate technique based on the patient’s condition and preference. One method involves making a cut inside the lower eyelid to remove underlying fat. This procedure is beneficial to the patient since the cut won’t be visible. Another method involves making a cut along the margin of the eyelashes.

What can I expect during my recovery from blepharoplasty?

Following your surgery, the stitches will remain in place from three days to a week. There usually is some swelling and occasional bruising, but those will fade after one to two weeks. Eyelid surgery may produce rare complications, such as bleeding, infection, and dry eyes. In order to prevent these from occurring, it is important to follow the instructions given by Dr. Crais.