What is Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery ?
Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery 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 eyelids and eye bags.
Some patients who desire an upper eyelid crease may also opt to have double eyelid surgery to create a crease on the upper eyelids.
Who needs Eyelid Surgery?
- baggy or droopy upper eyelids
- excess skin on causing drooping of 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 (single eyelids) and desire double eyelids
In general, many of these conditions are caused by changes in the skin around your eyes due to ageing. Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery is done for aesthetic reasons to make you appear younger and brighter, it is also done to help with vision problems if the droopy eyelids obscure vision. In some patients, surgery is performed to create double eyelids.
How is it Double Eyelid Surgery done?
Double Eyelid Surgery (Incisional method)
If the double eyelid plastic surgery is done for cosmetic reasons, we start off with a consultation appointment with our plastic surgeon to understand you and your expectations for the best possible outcome.
For the upper eyelids, our surgical procedure involves trimming along the fold of the eyelids to remove excess skin, eyelid muscle and fat. In some cases with upper eyelid ptosis (which is classified as a medical condition in which the upper eyelid droops over the eye), we tighten the levator 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 skin. 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.
Double Eyelid Surgery (non-incisional or stitch method)
Double Eyelids Post Surgery Care
It would be good for someone to drive you to and from surgery as well as aid in performing some daily activities 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.