The eyes and the eyelids form one of the most expressive features of the face. Sagging upper eyelids and under-eye bags that come with age can be corrected through blepharoplasty, which can help improve the eyes leading to a rejuvenated appearance.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty surgery. An ideal candidate needs to know that this procedure is administered to correct puffy upper eyelids, eliminate under-eye bags and correct excess fat and skin in the eyelids.
Suitable candidates include individuals who have:
Candidates should be:
Eyelid surgery may involve either the lower or upper lids or both. In the upper eyelid, a crescent of skin and underlying muscle is removed from the region of the eyelid fold. It may also be necessary to remove some of the fat behind the upper eyelid. This may be combined with a procedure to raise the height of the eyelid or recreate the fold of the upper eyelid.
In the lower eyelid, an approach may be made from the inside of the eyelid to remove fat. This procedure is used if there is only a small amount of loose skin present.
If the lower eyelid margin has lost some of its elasticity, a correction can be achieved by tightening the eyelid margin. Excision of lower eyelid skin is undertaken only if there is obvious, redundant skin once the outer corner of the eyelids has been replaced in its correct position. In these cases, an incision is placed just beneath the eyelid margin and eyelashes.
The procedure may be performed under local or general anaesthetic. A stay in hospital is not required but may be arranged if preferred.
The eyes need to be rested following the operation and will need cool packs to be applied for the next one to two days. The operation is not painful and paracetamol tablets should be all that is required to maintain a satisfactory level of comfort. The majority of swelling should disappear after the first seven to ten days, but it may take up to two to three months for complete healing.
With any surgery, some amount of scarring should be expected. Nonetheless, scarring from the blepharoplasty procedure is minimal and virtually nonexistent following months of healing.
The loose skin and fat around the eyes typically materialise as we age, however, some people are naturally prone to developing it much earlier than others, therefore there is no age limit to when an eyelid lift is administered.
An eyelid lift is not meant to eliminate the wrinkles around your eyes or to correct sagging eyebrows. Other procedures may be available to you to get rid of wrinkles near the eyes, such as IPL and laser resurfacing treatments.
Generally, you should start to see a definite difference as soon as the swelling subsides.
Following surgery, it is normal to experience sore, swollen and tenderness as well as some bruising around the treated area. These will settle within a few days after the procedure.