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Depending on the type of Oculoplastics Surgery, you should stay home from work anywhere between 3-7 days.

No.  You will need a driver on the day of your surgery.

Plan to be there approximately 3-4 hours.

Typically patients should stop using blood thinning medication prior to eyelid surgery.  The amount of time the medication is stopped is determined by your surgeon at The Eye Institute of West Florida and the prescribing physician.

Yes.  Our Surgery Center requires all patients to provide pre-operative clearance within 30 days of surgery.  The pre-operative physical/clearance appointment can be done at your primary care doctor’s office, or can be done with us by Tina Crevello, PA or Cori Brodsky, ARNP

Recovery from eyelid surgery is minimal; in fact you’ll likely return to your job and daily activities in less than 10 days. This recovery period will vary, however, if you combine eyelid surgery with other facial sculpting procedures like a brow lift procedure. Bruising around the eyes should fade after about 2 weeks to a month, and in the interim many patients find that they can adequately conceal any discoloration with light makeup. You should avoid vigorous exercise for about 3 weeks after surgery.

Although eyelid surgery is associated with a short recovery period and minimal discomfort, most patients experience some swelling and bruising for at least a few days after the procedure. Following post-operative instructions by our doctors will prove very beneficial in reducing the extent of the swelling and bruising.

Most patients enjoy the youthful, refreshed look from eyelid surgery for several years. Keep in mind that any cosmetic surgery procedure will not stop the aging process. Also, you can retain your improvements longer by continuing your healthy diet and lifestyle, not smoking, and avoiding sun exposure without proper protection and sunscreen.

Our approach to cosmetic surgery comes with the understanding that your general well-being is closely linked to the way you feel about your appearance. Her philosophy – along with her surgical technique – helps patients seeking eyelid surgery to achieve the physical health and emotional happiness they want. You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery in Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg if:

  • Your peripheral vision is obscured by excess skin and fat in the upper or lower eyelids
  • Droopy lower eyelids expose the whites of your eyes
  • You have realistic expectations concerning the outcome of your procedure
  • You are aware of the surgical risks and do not possess any medical or ophthalmic conditions that may elevate the risks involved in the surgery

For a more complete facial rejuvenation, The Aesthetic Institute of West Florida can combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift. Sometimes, a brow lift alone accomplishes the improvements you are looking for by raising sagging eyebrows. Our doctors will help make this decision easier by providing you with a detailed physical examination and then discussing your facial sculpting options with you.

Many people who choose eyelid surgery want a subtle, smoothing effect around their eyes. The rejuvenating effect of eyelid surgery is long lasting, and can give your eyes a more youthful, well rested and alert appearance. When considering eyelid surgery, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you appear tired?
  • Is the skin of your upper eyelids overhanging the normal lid crease and nearing the eyelashes?
  • Are there bulges and bags surrounding your eyes?
  • Is your peripheral vision shadowed by droopy eyelids?
  • Do your eyes appear smaller than they did in the past?
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