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, and it is also used to remove excess eyebags fat and skin under the lower eyelid region. Blepharoplasty improves the appearance of your eye area to give you a healthy, more relaxed looking.
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 current 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 or a sedation as felt appropriate by your doctor. 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 or infra eyebrow. The fat and the extra skin is removed, the incisions are closed with fine sutures. For lower eyelids, the incision is either made just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The excessive skin and fat will be removed or redistributed as required, dependant on different individuals. The incisions are closed with fine sutures. But internal eyelid incision are most time not required sutures close.
What happens during the postoperative period?
Your eye will bruise and swelling immediately visible, and your eyelids seems like over lifted, but will settle in 2-4 weeks back to nature position. Medications and ointment are prescribed to help with faster healing and to prevent infection after the procedure. Note you must wear sunglasses 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 healthy 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.
Are there any risks associated with this procedure?
Cosmetic surgical procedure is a formal risky surgical operation
It is Not a “simple beauty treatment”
Like any other procedures, the eyelid blepharoplasty has risks and complications:
Common risks and complications:
Bruising, swelling, visible scaring, pain, treatment area hard/firm/lumpy/numbness/tightness, infection, temporary blurred vision or double vision, light sensitive and dry eyes.
Rare risks and complications:
Distortion, smile deformation, asymmetry, muscle, nerve injury, blindness.
Anaesthetic anaphylaxis reaction: rashes, difficulty breathing, cardia arrest.