Blepharoplasty is surgery to the eyelids. Excess skin and fat in the eyelids can be very ageing. The result from eyelid surgery will be a rejuvenated appearance with better definition of the upper eyelid crease.
Am I a Candidate?
There are many reasons people have tired looking eyes – including lifestyle, genetics and ageing. Excess skin in the upper eyelids can also cause problems with obstruction of vision. This procedure will be for you if you want to rejuvenate this area to give a more defined upper eyelid crease, and to restore the smooth line of the lower eyelid region.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper and/or the lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed under a local anaesthetic with or without sedation. The operation involves cutting along the eyelid crease and removing excess skin and fatty tissue. The cut is then closed with a stitches, hiding the scar inside the natural fold of the eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery is performed more frequently under a general anaesthetic and involves removal of excess skin leaving a skin just under the eyelashes. A separate cut is made on the inside of the lower eyelid if there is excess fat or hollowing.
You can expect some swelling and bruising after blepharoplasty surgery. Cold compresses are placed over the eyes whilst in recovery at the day stay hospital and this should continue for a further 24 hours. Most patients find that they are ready to return to normal activities 7-10 days following eyelid surgery. It is recommended to take 2 weeks off work to allow for the swelling and bruising to subside so that people won’t realise you have had surgery. You will be seen regularly over the next 12 months following surgery.