Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
What is Blepharoplasty and why is it done?
Eyelid surgery is also called blepharoplasty. It is done to correct the puffiness, sagging and drooping of upper eyelids. It is also used to remove excess skin and bags under the lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty improves the appearance of your eyelids and the area around it to give you a younger and more relaxed look.
Are you a candidate for Blepharoplasty?
You are a surgical candidate if you are healthy and not suffering from any chronic or life threatening disease conditions and are a non-smoker. Risks increase for people with diabetes, dry eyes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, heart and vascular diseases.
What can you expect during surgery?
During the procedure, you will be administered either local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia as felt appropriate by your surgeon. The incision on the upper eyelid is made such that after the procedure the scars are hidden in the natural creases of the upper eyelid. The fat or the extra skin is removed. For lower eyelids, the incision is either made just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The excess skin is removed and/or the fat may be removed or redistributed as required. The incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives.
What happens during the postoperative period?
Medications and ointment are prescribed to help with faster healing and to prevent infection after the procedure. Note you must wear sun glasses until healing is complete. The swelling and bruising seen after the procedure goes away in a few weeks. The scars of the incisions fade away in a few months to reveal beautiful eyes with well-defined smooth eyelids to give you a younger and rejuvenated look.
What are the other cosmetic surgeries that can be performed in conjunction with Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty can also be done along with other procedures such as face-lift, brow-lift or skin resurfacing to substantially improve your looks.
What are the risks associated with Blepharoplasty?
Risks occur rarely but may include infection, scarring, temporary blurred vision or double vision and dry eyes. Loss of vision may occur in very rare cases.