Lower Eye Bag Removal Surgery

What is lower eye bag removal surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from lower eyelids that are puffy and give the face a tired expression.

How do eye bags form?

With age and weather conditions, skin loses its elasticity and the fat naturally present around the eyeballs protrudes into the lower eyelids giving them a baggy appearance. A lower eyelid lift surgery is performed to reverse these changes.

Who is a good candidate for a lower eyelid lift?

Eyelid lifting surgery is usually performed in people over 35 who develop chronic eye bags or those who get them earlier on due to hereditary reasons. You might be ideal for the procedure if your overall health is good and you have realistic expectations. Your doctor will review your medical history to see if there are any factors that increase your risk of surgery. People with dry eyes, bleeding disorders, and high blood pressure are usually advised against this type of procedure.

How is the procedure performed?

Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia with sedation. An incision is made either along a natural crease of the lower eyelids, the eyelash margin or on the inside of your eyelid so that it remains well hidden. Excess skin and fat are removed and muscle is tightened if necessary. The incisions are closed with fine sutures which remain in place for approximately a week.

Lower eye bag removal may be performed along with other cosmetic procedures such as filler injections and laser resurfacing to enhance results.

What are the postoperative care instructions?

You will need to have someone drive you home after the procedure and should plan to take several days off work. You may experience some pain, swelling and bruising for a week or two. Some people complain of having dry eyes. Ice cubes or an ice pack can bring down your symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops or artificial tears along with pain medications as necessary. You should avoid over-the-counter medications that increase bleeding.

What are the risks associated with upper eyelid surgery?

Serious complications from eyelid surgery are rare but potential risks include

  • Dry eyes
  • Infection
  • Abnormal skin folding
  • Inability to close the eyes
  • Loss of vision
  • How long do the results last?
  • Though it cannot stop you from ageing, lower eyelid surgery has long lasting results and repeat surgery is usually not required.

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