Frequently Asked Questions

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Blepharoplasty FAQ's

How long does the surgery take?
As a general guideline, performing upper or lower eyelid surgery alone usually takes about 30 minutes, while having them performed together takes about 1 hour. A full face resurfacing takes approximately 25 minutes.

Where is the surgery performed?
Dr. Clariday’s surgeries are done in his Webster office.

What type of anesthesia is used?
Most people report minimal discomfort during blepharoplasty performed under local anesthesia. People who tend to have a low pain tolerance or are nervous may elect to have conscious sedation. We highly recommend this for people who are having their lower lids done and require it for resurfacing of the face.

Is there much swelling or bruising?
Expect to have some bruising and swelling the next few days following surgery. Most bruising and swelling is gone by 10 days.

Are there any stitches?
You will have stitches in your upper eyelids and they will stay in for 10 days.

Are the scars very noticeable?
In the upper eyelid, the incision line is hidden in the crease of the eye. In most cases, the lower eyelid incision is placed along the back of the eyelid and leaves no external scar. It will usually take about 6 months for the scar to achieve full thinning.

Do I need to be off work?
Most normal activity can be resumed within 2 to 3 days. Remember, if you have upper eyelid surgery you will have stitches in your eyelids. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least one week. If you are having full face resurfacing you will need to be off work for 10 days.

How many men have eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is the second most popular cosmetic procedure performed in men.

Shouldn't I go to a plastic surgeon to have my eyelids done?
Dr. Clariday is an ophthalmologist who specializes in oculoplastics. As a highly experienced blepharoplasty surgeon, he performs over 400 eyelid surgeries a year.

Can dark circles beneath the eye be corrected by lower blepharoplasty?
Some dark circles are shadowing from fat pads. While blepharoplasty and fat re-positioning may help to soften their appearance in selected cases, it will not eliminate them altogether.

How long does the improvement last?
In the large majority of patients, cosmetic eyelid surgery needs to be performed only once.

I've had or plan to have LASIK. Does this pose a problem?
No, although there are several timing considerations. As refractive surgery has increased in popularity, the number of people seeking blepharoplasty who have already had or are actively considering having LASIK has increased dramatically. Fortunately, the two procedures are compatible. When planning treatment, however, several factors should be considered.

I have dry eyes. Does this limit my options?
Yes, but not drastically. Conservatism is key. In patients with dry eyes, several simple modifications in blepharoplasty technique are generally applied to lessen the chance of corneal exposure and increased tear evaporation. It is imperative that over-correction be avoided and that there be minimal interference with blinking. Talk with Dr. Clariday for more information.

Use of artificial tears: Since any form of blepharoplasty may temporarily lessen the force of blinking in the immediate post-operative period, the liberal application of preservative-free artificial tears is advised, including the use of an artificial tear lubricating ointment applied at bedtime.

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