Eyelid or Eyebag Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting droopy eyelids, excess skin and eye bags that can appear under the eyes to give a fresher look. This often leads to the appearances of tiredness, fatigue and old age.
Blepharoplasty is generally a very safe procedure and only a few medical conditions can make this surgery a little more risky, such as thyroid conditions, diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have eye conditions such as glaucoma or retinal detachment, you should consult with your ophthalmologist first prior to surgery.
Blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia, sometimes with sedation. The procedure can take between one to two hours depending on complexity.
The upper blepharoplasty is performed through incisions that are placed inside the natural lines of the eyelids, therefore after a few weeks the scars are almost invisible. The incisions of the lower eyelid (lower blepharoplasty), in most cases, are placed inside the eyelid, so it is completely hidden (transconjunctival).
The wound is closed with very fine sutures.
The postoperative care?
After the surgery, you may have blurred vision temporarily due to the ointment that is applied on the eyes and from the cold gauze on the eyelids. You may also have some discomfort or stinging sensation for a few hours afterwards. This can be controlled with regular analgesia such Paracetamol.
During the first week it is recommended that you sleep with your head slightly elevated to reduce the inflammation. You will also be advised to apply an ointment and some eye drops. This will be explained during your consultation as well as after your procedure.
You should avoid strenuous activities in the first week after your procedure. Protective eyewear such as sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended for the first two weeks as sun exposure could lead to pigmentation of the area.
Sutures are removed within 3-5 days after your surgery. You should be able to return to your normal activities after 7-10 days.
Although generally considered a safe procedure, as per any surgery it should not be taken lightly. It is also important to bring with you to the consultation some older pictures of you to see the changes to the eyes with the drooping eyelids to try to recreate that youthful look again without overdoing it. As we have seen in recent years excessive or over zealous eyelid surgery can change the shape of the eyes, and turn a once iconic and beautiful celebrity into a completely different person.
You should inform your surgeon if you have any medical illness and especially if you have any visual disturbances. After surgery you may experience blurred vision or inability to completely close your eyes for a few days. In very rare cases one may have abnormal scarring, or ectropion, which is even more uncommon and may require further corrective treatment.
In combination with other procedure?
Blepharoplasty can be performed in isolation or commonly in association with another procedure such as a facelift to produce optimal facial result.
At your consultation with one of our surgeons, you will have the opportunity to discuss any of your concerns, the pre procedure planning, the risks, the incisions, the post procedure care, the scar, the downtime and any other queries you may have.