Q: How soon can I wear my contacts?
A: Barring any complications, you can usually resume contact lenses within 10 to 14 days. Dry eyes that temporarily accompany this procedure could make wearing them any sooner uncomfortable.
Q: Will I have trouble closing my eyes after surgery?
A: Eyelid surgery is a common procedure and usually carries low risks. In very rare cases severe asymmetry or a lower lid that pulls down preventing effective closure of the lids can occur. This may require additional surgery to correct. Be sure you carefully evaluate your prospective surgeon to be sure you are in good hands.
Q: Will I also need a browlift?
A: The perceived shape of the eye is sometimes associated with brow ptosis (droop.) Your complete condition should be addressed at consultation. The surgeon will explain what eyelid surgery alone will or will not accomplish. Patients with true brow descent or who want a higher position of the brow may have to consider a browlift.
Q: I have wrinkling, extra skin and puffiness under my eyes. Will surgery treat this?
A: Wrinkling can be smoothed with laser resurfacing and botox. Puffiness is addressed with surgical fat removal. Extra skin also indicates surgery to tighten and remove any excess.
Q: What determines whether I am a candidate for internal or external incisions?
A: In younger patients when all we need is removal of lower lid fat, an internal incision through the lower eyelid can be used. A more comprehensive approach for older patients requires the loose eyelid skin to be removed and tendon be tightened. This type of incision must be external, but is nicely hidden close to the lashes.
In addition to helping San Francisco eyelid surgery patients realize their dreams of more youthful-looking eyes, Dr. Joel Beck has extensive experience treating San Francisco iGuide neck lift, facelift and forehead lift patients. Please visit the respective pages to learn more about these procedures. Contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best blepharoplasty San Jose has to offer.