picLg_generalQ:How long does cosmetic eyelid surgery take?

A:Since blepharoplasty is not a stock procedure, operating times will vary with the extent of changes and scope of the operation. As a general guideline, performing upper or lower blepharoplasty alone takes about 45-60 minutes, while having them both performed together takes about 90 minutes. Adding related procedures such as canthopexy will require more time.

Q:What type of anesthesia is used?

A:Blepharoplasty is routinely performed under local anesthesia with IV. Most patients report little or no memory of the procedure. Compared to general anesthesia, IV is associated with less bleeding, increased safety, enhanced precision, and faster recovery.

Q:Is there much discomfort after surgery?

A:The majority of patients report very mild aching or burning, which is usually well controlled with Tylenol and cold compresses.

Q:How long do the swelling and bruising last?

A:Most patients experience moderate discoloration that is gone within
1-2 weeks. Swelling and bruising peaks on the morning after surgery. While it mostly resolves over the next two weeks, a very small amount of discoloration, primarily pinkness of the incision site, may persist for several months or more.
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