Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that alters the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery aiming to restore, correct or modify the eyelids and the surrounding tissues of the eyebrows smoothing and tightening the underlying eye muscles.
As we age, the skin surrounding our eyelids stretches, fat pockets start to bulge and the muscles weaken.
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates are most 35 years or older who have baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids Before you decide to have surgery, think about your goals and discuss them with your surgeon.
Potential patients who are generally discouraged from having blepharoplasty surgery, include those with thyroid disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, insufficient tear production and circulatory disorders
How the Procedure is Performed
Whilst general anaesthesia can be used, eyelid surgery is commonly performed under a local anaesthesia. The surgeon commences by making incisions behind or beneath the lashes of the lower eyelid and crease of upper eyelid. Any excess fat or skin are removed and if required, the muscles around the eye are ‘re-draped’.
It is vital that care after surgery involves elevating the health for the first few days to reduce bruising and swelling. It is also normal for the eyelids to feel sore and tight. Stitches will need to be removed sometime between 2 days -1 week following surgery.
Limitation’s and Risks
Like any plastic surgery, eyelid surgery involves some level of risk. Complications and risks involved with blepharoplasty include:
- Blurred or double vision (usually a temporary side effect that reduces in a few days)
- Ectropion (a rare condition where the lower eyelids droop following surgery). This can be corrected.
- Difficulty closing eyes while sleeping (temporary, but in some rare cases can be permanent).
- Reaction to anaesthesia
- Swelling at the corner of the eyelids (temporary)
- White heads may appear following having stitches removed (your surgeon can address this)
These may include
Whilst the benefits and final appearance of a face lift are incredible, it is important to note that recovery time is prolonged compared with non-surgical facial treatments.
During recovery, a bandage may be placed around your face to minimize bruising and swelling following the procedure. To drain any excess fluid or blood that may accumulate under the skin, thin tubes may be present.
You will be given clear instructions on how to take care of the drains and surgical site, what medications to take and how to take them to assist in the healing process and signs of things to look out for and when to contact your surgeon.
Ensure that you ask any questions of your surgeon so that you are well informed about the healing process.
Time needed to recover will depend on how extensive the incisions are made and the surgical technique used.
- Back to work: Within 10 days
- More strenuous activity: Allow 4 weeks
- Fading of scars: Scars will be hidden very close to the lower eyelash
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.