Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is the operation of the lower, upper, or both eyelids to provide a more youthful appearance around the eyes. It is commonly performed as a cosmetic procedure, but may also be performed as ophthalmology procedure for patients who have obstructed vision due to drooping upper lids (ptosis).
The doctor will usually make a small incision in the upper eyelid or beneath the lower eyelid, in order to remove excess skin and/or fat from the area. Ophthalmology or plastic surgeons may operate this procedure.
Patients with loose skin in the eyes region, droopy upper eye lids, bags under their eyes or simply patients who wish to rejuvenate their facial appearance.
What you should care before the procedure:
The surgery involves the surgical removal of excess skin and fatty tissue around the eyes to improve the appearance. Before the procedure medications are given for patients’ comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
In the upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon will usually cut along the natural lines of eyelids. Through these cuts, the surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying tissue and remove the excess fat and skin.
Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed. A transconjunctival incision, created on the inside of the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. With this technique, no skin is removed.
Eyelid incisions typically are closed with sutures, dissolvable stitches or skin glue. Sutures are removed within one week. Your surgeon may also suggest use of a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.
The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance.
Blepharoplasty helps you get rid of under eye bags.
After surgery you may temporarily experience, blurred vision, watering eyes, pain, itching, sensitivity to light, puffy, numb eyelids, bruising and swelling.
During the first 48 hours, the use of cool compresses can greatly reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face.
If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions, you may be not recommended for this procedure.
In very rare cases: