5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes After Blepharoplasty

During a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Dr. Timothy Greco will get rid of unwanted tissue—including excess fat and loose skin—from around the eyes to correct the damaging effects of aging. This opens them up by removing any puffiness, making the eyes look younger, refreshed, and brighter. If you’ve decided that this surgery is the right choice for you, the staff at the office of Dr. Timothy M. Greco in the Philadelphia area advises that eyelid surgery will require you to take special care of your eyes as you recover from surgery.

Here are five important recovery tips from Dr. Timothy Greco and staff that anyone having eyelid surgery will benefit from knowing. Note that you will also get specific post-operative instructions to help prevent any complications.

During the first few days after blepharoplasty, it’s common to experience discomfort, which will gradually improve with time. Patients also frequently experience eyelid swelling, tightness, bruising, and itching. Blurred vision, excessive tearing, numb eyelids, and sensitivity to light are normal during the first few weeks. To help treat these side effects of eyelid surgery:

1. Use the prescribed eye drops or ointments—such as antibiotics, steroids, and artificial tears—to ward off infections and stop inflammation. You may also need to take pain medication to reduce any discomfort.

2. Prevent damage to your eyes from exposure to sunlight or wind during your ride home from surgery or anytime you go outside afterward by wearing dark-tinted sunglasses. Sunscreen is beneficial after the eyelid skin has healed from surgery.

3.  Take time to rest and limit your activity. Don’t do any heavy lifting, bending, or physical exercise during the first two weeks. This can cause excess bruising and swelling and adversely affect the result of your surgery.

4. To help with post-procedure swelling and bruising, frequently ice the eye area throughout the day with cold compresses. This will provide soothing relief to the eyes and help with decreasing bruising and swelling.

5. Be careful about your sleep position. It is recommended to sleep with your head elevated on pillows and in a semi-upright position after surgery so that you keep your head higher than your heart to decrease swelling.

Planning your eyelid surgery and want more information about what to expect? Let us help make sure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Learn more about what’s involved in blepharoplasty recovery by calling the office of Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS in the Philadelphia area at (610) 664-8830 or fill out a contact form to get started today.

Are You Asleep During Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Planning to have a blepharoplasty procedure in the near future? One of the main questions that patients have prior to their eyelid surgery with the Philadelphia area’s Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, is whether they will be awake during surgery. If not, they want to know what kind anesthesia or sedation will be used.

If, like many others, you’re having pre-surgery jitters about what anesthesia might entail, Dr. Timothy Greco and his team will be happy to put your fears to rest and fully clarify all the details of the procedure.

Droopy eyelids are a common cosmetic issue that many patients experience due to aging as skin stretches and surrounding muscles can no longer support the eyelids. A blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a popular way of reducing bags and heaviness around the lower and upper eyelids that contributes to hooded eyes and a look of sagging eyebrows. The procedure “opens up” the eyes to make patients look fresh, rested, and more alert.

For a typical upper eyelid surgery procedure, the surgeon makes a strategic incision in the upper eyelid creases, easily concealing the eventual scar. Redundant tissues are removed, and lax tissues are tightened. For this reason, local anesthetic with conscious sedation is necessary.

It’s best to talk to your surgeon beforehand to understand your anesthesia options and discuss any preferences. In the majority of cases, blepharoplasty patients can expect to be given local anesthesia and conscious sedation to ensure their comfort and safety.

The local option creates numbing of the eyelid tissues only. Patients using this technique will still be able to talk, move, and feel sensations on the rest of the body throughout the procedure.

When twilight anesthesia is used, the patient will be completely conscious but asleep and unaware of what is happening. It’s a safe option, but takes a little longer to recover.

Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS, welcomes questions or comments from patients interested in blepharoplasty surgery or other procedures available from his Philadelphia-area practice. Get in touch with double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy M. Greco and his staff today by calling (610) 664-8830 or messaging his office directly.

Get a Glimpse of the Future of Your Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery from the Philadelphia area’s Dr. Timothy Greco is an ideal way to rejuvenate an aging look. Lifting sagging and drooping upper lids can create a more awake and alert appearance, while removing sagging pouches below the eye can give the face a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

Patients who want to envision what a blepharoplasty can do for them—before deciding on the surgery—have two options at Dr. Greco’s practice.

First, Dr. Greco maintains an extensive photo gallery, available online, revealing the results of dozens of eyelid surgery patients. Men and women considering blepharoplasty can browse the images of real patients to get a general idea of what Dr. Greco can accomplish. This can give people an even better idea of how the results of the surgery may generally look on their own eyelids.

The before-and-after photos also show the results of eyelid surgery combined with other procedures and treatments, such as a facelift or laser skin resurfacing.

Second, Dr. Greco can use video imaging to create a realistic portrayal of what a specific patient could look like after the procedure. It can give patients the most definitive “preview” possible of what a lifted eyelid or reduce bags would do for the look of someone’s face.

In some cases, Dr. Greco and a blepharoplasty candidate decide to move forward with the surgery after a video imaging session. In other cases, they decide to explore a different approach in order to better deliver the results a patient is seeking.

No matter the ultimate decision, the goal is for every patient to approach their procedure or treatment with confidence. Feeling better about a decision prior to the surgery can actually lead to a better outcome, as patients know what to expect from their results and are less stressed. A more relaxed recovery can lead to shorter down time and improved healing.

Talk to Dr. Timothy Greco about eyelid surgery—for upper lids, lower lids, or both—and find out more about seeing his previous surgical results by scheduling an appointment with him at his Bala Cynwyd practice. Call (610) 664-8830 or reach out online.

Post-Eyelid Surgery Care: What to Expect After Blepharoplasty

Most people have at least one feature they’re self-conscious about. For many people, that feature is their eyes. More specifically, it’s the drooping lids above them and puffy bags below them that occur due to aging, genetics, skin damage, or a combination of all of the above. Eyelid surgery is an ideal way of restoring more youthful-looking eyes by excising, repositioning, or tightening the fat, muscle, and skin that cause the problem.

After you’ve had a blepharoplasty surgery, Philadelphia’s Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, recommends following specific post-operative instructions to ensure your recovery is as quick and smooth as possible while avoiding complications.

For prolonged patient comfort, local anesthesia and conscious sedation may be applied before the eye enhancement surgery begins. Because of this, some patients may experience dryness or sensitivity to light immediately after surgery. The exact recovery timeline varies depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery.

In most cases, you can expect to be able to return to work and similar activities around 10 days to two weeks after a procedure. You’re advised to wait for at least 10 days before applying makeup. There is generally minimal discomfort involved in blepharoplasty recovery, but some bruising and swelling should be expected within the first week. You can apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. Dr. Greco can prescribe pain medication to help with comfort.

Scars are generally easily concealed in the natural creases of the eyelids, and they heal well. That said, try to refrain from applying pressure to the treatment area and keep it clean throughout the healing process.

While it’s impossible to prevent facial aging or fully predict how it will impact any given individual, eyelid surgery yields natural-looking, long-lasting results. The effects of upper eyelid surgery generally last for around five to seven years, while lower eyelid surgery results often last significantly longer. Sometimes eyelid surgery patients may also try additional treatments or combined treatments involving BOTOX®, brow lifts, or facelifts to optimize results.

To best maintain results, protect the treated skin from harmful sun exposure by always wearing darkly tinted sunglasses and a suitable sunscreen when going outside.

Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, in Philadelphia can help any patient decide whether blepharoplasty is the right fit. Learn more about the benefits, risks, and costs of eyelid surgery by calling double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Greco and staff at (610) 664-8830 or filling out a contact form to set up an appointment.

BOTOX®, Fillers, or Blepharoplasty: Which is Better for Achieving Younger-Looking Eyes?

Many people are insecure about the eyelid droopiness, wrinkles, dark circles, and sunken eyes that tend to come with age. Baggy, hooded eye areas may make you look old before your time, or tired and angry even when you don’t feel that way. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, otherwise known by the medical term “blepharoplasty,” is one way of refreshing your face and taking years off of your appearance. In addition to blepharoplasty, Philadelphia’s Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, provides other treatments for the eye area, such as BOTOX®, dermal fillers, and microneedling.

Is having big, bright doe eyes that “pop” one of your beauty goals? Wondering which procedure or treatment is right for you? Each patient has different needs, and the choice for each person will depend on the type of deficiency they’re hoping to correct, as well as their age, skin condition, and goals.

The thin, fragile skin around the eye areas is particularly vulnerable to stress, aging, and damage from smoking, sun exposure, or other factors. Makeup and topical products can help, but if you’re concerned about more moderate to severe symptoms of aging or skin damage, cosmetic treatments may be the more effective option.

In eyelid surgery, excess tissue is trimmed away, with the remaining tissue tightened to correct sagging, drooping eyelids. Additionally, the surgery can improve asymmetry and provide a lift for heavy eyelids. The procedure may be used on the lower and/or upper eyelids depending on what is needed.

When it comes to addressing eye-related wrinkles like crow’s feet, elevens, and forehead lines, BOTOX® is the gold standard. It works by relaxing wrinkle-revealing muscles. Hyaluronic acid-based JUVEDERM® filler adds subtle volume under the eyes for more youthful contours, while chemical peels and laser techniques work to reduce the severity of dark circles.

Another treatment for the eye area is microneedling. This is designed to improve overall skin quality from the inside out and can make a difference for dark patches, dryness, fine lines or wrinkles, and dullness. The treatment leads to skin that gradually grows clearer and develops a softer, more even texture. Although tiny needles puncture microscopic channels into the skin to spark collagen regeneration, microneedling is gentle enough for the thin skin around the eyes.

Want to learn more about blepharoplasty and other eye procedures available at the Philadelphia practice of  Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC? For questions, comments, or to request an appointment write a message or call (610) 664-8830.