Shahin Javaheri, MD
Over 20 Years of Experience in Plastic Surgery

Four Eyelid Surgery Fears You Should Not Be Afraid of

Everyone encounters the effects of aging at some point in their life. As you grow older, the aging process may include stretching of skin around your eyelids causing excess folds, wrinkles, even sagging fatty tissue. Most people are eager to find the latest product to eliminate this problem, but many avoid to pay attention to the sagging skin as it continues to droop into their line of sight. When patients consider eyelid surgery to correct these problems it is normal to be fearful, which is why we are sharing some of the biggest fears that you may experience in the days leading up to your procedure.

Will My Eyes Be Damaged?

This is a natural feeling experienced by many patients, but an experienced board certified plastic surgeon will review the precautions that will be made to ensure that the patient’s vision will not be altered damaged during surgery. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and fat on the upper and lower eyelids to correct saggy pouches and skin folds around the eyes. All this is done without touching the eyes during procedure.

Can I End Up Blind or With Blurred Vision?

In the past, older styles of eyelid surgery were more aggressive in procedure, but the likelihood of blindness or blurred vision is extremely rare. Blindness is likely a cause of bleeding to the area behind the eye, compressing optic nerves, but a careful surgical performance from a top plastic surgeon will eliminate the chances of this complication. Blurry vision may be experienced, but it is likely due to post-surgery swelling and ointment to protect the eyes. Within a few days the blurry experiences should be gone and sensitivity to light will slowly diminish.

Will I Still Look Like Myself?

On occasion a patient asks if their eyes will be asymmetrical or uneven after the surgery, but the surgery will not make you look like someone else. After swelling and bruising diminish, it may appear as though your eyes are lined up differently. Prior to surgery your plastic surgeon will evaluate your features objectively and predict your final look.

Will I Be Able To Close My Eyes?

Plastic surgeons and medical professionals agree that it is rare for a patient to lose full function of opening or closing eyelids after surgery. There are rare moments where the patient may not feel their eyelids functioning, but the sensation clears up in the days after surgery.

During your consultation with Dr. Javaheri, he will help you understand the precautions taken to help put your mind at ease with eyelid surgery. Use your time with him to ask any questions regarding preparation and after effects in the healing process. After several weeks of rest, your mirror will reveal youthful-looking eyes, an image you will enjoy for years as you age gracefully.

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