Blepharoplasty is a procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids
As we get older, the natural aging process can significantly affect the delicate skin and muscles around the eyes. This is because it’s thinner and more delicate than anywhere else on your face or body.
Over time, fat deposits around the eyes, excess skin, or both can cause noticeable drooping of eyelids, sagging of eyebrows and pronounced dark circles.
Droopy eyelids can make you look older and can also impair your vision.
Aesthetic eyelid surgery is a way to restore fresh, more youthful appearance to the upper face.
Using precise techniques and tiny incisions, plastic surgeon achieves natural and youthful looking results without noticeable scarring.
For surgery on the upper eyelids, an incision is usually made within the fold of the eyelid. Through this incision, the plastic surgeon removes excess fat and skin thereby tightening skin and restoring the natural fold of the eyelid. Fine sutures are used to close the incision, minimizing the visibility of any scar.
For correction of the lower eyelids, an incision is made just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess fat is removed or redistributed to restore a smoother and firmer appearance of this area.
As an alternative, the plastic surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty through an incision made inside the lower eyelid. With this technique, no skin is removed and the incision is closed without sutures and there is no visible scar.
What can be treated with eyelid surgery?
- Loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelids, causing in some cause vision impairment
- Drooping lower eyelids, excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
- Puffy eyelids (excess fat deposits)
- Bags under the eyes
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery, it takes between 1 and 2 hours and is usually performed under local anesthesia.
Downtime is minimal. A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Most bruising diminishes within 7-10 days. Sutures are removed in 5-7 days.
In the first few days following surgery, you should rest with your head elevated, it will relieve discomfort.
Scarring is usually minimal after 3 weeks and virtually undetectable in 6 months. Most patients are able to return to work in 5-7 days and resume exercise in 2-3 weeks.
You will see improvement as soon as sutures are removed. The final look of your refreshed, younger looking face will gradually become more evident over time, the overall effects of the surgery are expected to last for years.
The main benefits of blepharoplasty:
- Minimal downtime and minimal discomfort during recovery
- Eliminate loose or sagging skin that interferes with your vision
- Smooth wrinkled on the lower eyelids
- Rejuvenate swollen, tired-looking eyes
- Remove excess skin that covers the natural fold in the upper eyelids
- Younger look and unimpaired vision.
Also, all types of surgery carry the risk and possible complications
It may be:
- Blurry vision
- Damage from the excessive sun exposure
- Dry eyes
- Itchiness around the eye area
- Muscle damage
It’s important to talk to the doctor about these risks ahead of time. As well as alert your surgeon if you’ve had any previous complications with any type of surgery in the past.