Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure involving the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both, that rejuvenates the appearance of the eyes. It removes excess loose upper eyelid skin, reduces “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and restores a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person are their eyes. During the aging process, saggin skin, wrinkles, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).

Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:

  • Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
  • Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
  • A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.

 

General Procedure

The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave minimal visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. Newer techniques may include Anti-wrinkle injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.

The surgery generally takes about one to two hours and is performed with local anaesthetic and sedation. Sutures are typically removed one week after surgery. Ice packs are placed on the eyes after surgery to reduce swelling and bruising.

Recovery Process

Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Bruising around the eyes may be apparent during the first week after surgery. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery.