The eyes and the area around the eyes are the focal point of the face when in conversation. It is also an area that, in many people, shows signs of aging beyond that of the rest of the face or body. Eyelid procedures are used to remove excess or overhanging skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles of the lids, and to remove the “bags” and shadows that often occur between the eyes, cheeks, and nose.
The incision for the upper eyelid procedure typically falls within the natural crease of the eyelid. This hides the incision, making it essentially imperceptible once the healing process is complete. Often, rejuvenative procedures of the lower lids can be performed through an incision that is placed on the inside of the eyelid, with no external incision or scar. When external incisions are used, however, they are hidden in a natural position just under the eyelashes, making their appearance unnoticeable.
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Most eyelid procedures can be performed under either a “twilight” anesthesia, or a deeper anesthesia, but a breathing tube is rarely necessary. Our anesthesiologists now use a technique called “TIVA” anesthesia that is very effective in preventing any nausea or vomiting. Dr. Cross has made a number of advancements to help reduce bruising and swelling. This includes a formulation in his numbing medicine that stops bruising before it has a chance to occur. Patients are able to go home a few hours after completion of their procedures. They will be given a regiment of prescription drops and ointments to use during the first week to help reduce swelling and speed their recovery. Exercise is avoided for 1-2 weeks, but all other normal activities can be resumed right away. Patients return to the office 5-7 days after their procedure. At that time, remaining bruising and swelling is addressed with a number of in-office treatments. Dr. Cross’s goal is to get patients feeling comfortable in light social situations in less than 1-2 weeks after their eyelid procedures.
This page and its contents have been reviewed for accuracy and approved by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Cross