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Eyelid Surgery in North Carolina

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can help you look younger and more rested. Our surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in Chapel Hill offer this popular cosmetic procedure, along with many other procedures for facial rejuvenation.

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery can correct the following conditions:

  • Puffiness under eyes
  • Drooping upper eyelids
  • Stretched eyelid skin

Kandy, Eyelid Surgery Patient

"My eyelids were so heavy people would ask why I always look down. After cosmetic eyelid surgery I can look’em right in the eyes! The experience at UNC was the best in every way. Bottom line I did this just for me!"

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty is a commonly performed procedure to remove sagging skin or small fat deposits above and below the eyes. While it won’t treat sagging eyebrows, crow’s feet or dark circles, it can be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift. The surgery itself combines skin and tissue tightening techniques to remove the sagging eyelid skin, leaving you looking younger and more vibrant.

Who Can Benefit?

If you wish to undergo an eyelid surgery, you should be at least 35 years old and in good health. You should also have realistic expectations about the results of your surgery and be able to weigh the risks and benefits of undergoing a facial surgical procedure.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may not be a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery in North Carolina: some thyroid problems, dry eye, diabetes, detached retina or glaucoma, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

When your plastic surgeon is prepared to begin the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic and sedation, which will last throughout the duration of your 1-3 hour outpatient surgery.

Your plastic surgeon will carefully choose incision sites that can be hidden in the natural folds around your eyes, such as in the creases above your eyes and below the lashes on your lower eyelids. The surgeon then separates the skin from the muscle and tissue, removing any excess. The incisions will be closed with sutures and covered.

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare

After your surgery, your eyelids may feel tight and uncomfortable, which will likely be managed with a medication. You can also apply cold compresses to reduce any bruising or swelling. Your total recovery time is about 10 days, although you cannot wear contact lenses for about two weeks or exercise for up to three weeks.

Common side effects of eyelid surgery may include infection, dry eyes, prolonged bruising, and asymmetry in healing.

Learn More About Eyelid Surgery in Raleigh-Durham

Our plastic surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center are eager to share their knowledge of eyelid surgery. Please call the office in Chapel Hill, NC to schedule a consultation and learn more.

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