Who should have it done?
If you are bothered by upper eyelids with excess, drooping skin that makes you appear sad or angry, or eyes that look tired due to puffiness or bags, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. Persons with lower eyelid sagging, bulges, wrinkles, folds and puffiness will also benefit from lower eyelid blepharoplasty. In general, adults with the above eye problems, of any age who are in good health, moderately fit and overall have good muscle tone are good candidates for eyelid rejuvenation. They should not have any life threatening illness or medical conditions. Patients who smoke can have an increased risk of complications.
Could you benefit from a Blepharoplasty?
In general, eyelid surgery corrects the excess skin, tissue and fat that contribute to puffiness and bags in both the upper and lower eyelids, revealing a more youthful and energetic appearance. It’s not likely to change your life or the way people treat you. It might possibly improve your confidence and self esteem when you start seeing a more youthful and fresh you in the mirror.
Where do I begin?
A consultation with your Aesthetic Plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding area. This consultation will fully educate you in a non-pressured environment and will include a discussion of your goals, options available for eyelid surgery, likely outcomes, potential risks and complications.
What kind of anesthesia is required?
Usually the procedure can be done under local anesthetic, but many would prefer a general anesthetic for improved comfort.
Can you explain me the procedure?
An ellipse of loose skin of the upper eyelid is removed as shown in the adjoining figure. If there is excess fat in the compartments around the eye causing bulges, this is removed. The wound is closed with a single absorbable stitch. For the lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is made below the eyelashes. Once the skin and muscle has been lifted up, the fat is re-draped over the bony rim of the orbit.