What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty involves removing excess skin, muscle and fat around the eyes. As we age, the eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. The excess fat now gathers in these loose bags of muscles and lead to saggy eyebrows, droopy upper lids and eye bags.
Some patients who desire an upper eyelid crease may also opt to have a procedure to create a crease on the upper eyelids.
Who needs it?
- baggy or droopy upper eyelids
- excess skin on the upper eyelids that affects your peripheral vision
- excess skin on the lower eyelids
- bags under your eyes
- patients with no or a hidden upper eyelid crease and desire a more prominent crease
In general, Blepharoplasty is done for aesthetic reasons to make you appear younger and brighter, it is also done to help with vision problems if the droopy lids obscure vision. In some patients, a crease is created on the upper eyelid.
How is it done?
If Blepharoplasty is done for cosmetic reasons, we start off with a consultation appointment to get to know you and what you would like for a satisfactory outcome.
For the upper eyelids, we trim along the fold of the eyelids to remove excess skin, muscle and fat. In some cases with upper eyelid ptosis (droopiness), we tighten the muscles to lift up the eyelid more. We then stitch the fold together to close the incision. In some cases, the patient may opt for incision-less blepharoplasty whereby we place stitches at strategic spots on the upper eyelid. For the lower lid, we make a cut on the skin just below the lashes in your eye’s natural crease or inside the lower eyelid. We remove the excess skin, reposition the fat, and the incision is stitched closed.
It would be good for someone to drive you to and from surgery as you may temporarily experience:
- Watering eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Puffy, numb eyelids
- Swelling and bruising of the eyelids
- Pain or discomfort
It will be good to use ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes every hour the night of the surgery. The following day, use ice packs on your eyes four to five times throughout the day. Gently lubricate your eyelids with saline and use prescribed eyedrops or ointments. Bruising and swelling generally subside in 10 to 14 days while scars from the surgical cuts may take months to fade.