What kind of changes take place in our eyelids over the course of time?
As we grow older, sagging may occur in the upper and lower eyelids and muscles under the effect of gravity. In addition, there may an increase in the volume and rupturing of fatty tissues in the lower eyelids, leading to a baggy appearance. This leads to an impaired physical appearance, and sagging upper eyelids can prevent one seeing properly.
Who is this surgery appropriate for?
Generally speaking, it is appropriate for people aged over 30, who have begun experiencing sagging and bagginess in the upper and lower eyelids, and who have no other health problems.
What is blepharoplasty?
An operation that involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue (the removal of bags under the eyes) in the upper and lower eyelids that give one a tired and aged appearance.
How is the operation performed?
The operation is performed by removing excess skin by making an incision following the natural eye creases in the upper eyelid. In the lower eyelid, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed through an incision made directly beneath the eyelashes. These procedures are performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Both upper and lower eyelids, or just one or the other, can be operated on at the same time, depending on the patient's symptoms. The procedure takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.
Is the period after surgery difficult?
The early period after surgery is generally quite comfortable. There will be some puffiness and bruising around the eye, and maybe some feeling of dryness or burning. More tears will be produced and they eyes may be uncomfortable in the light. Patients may be unable to completely close their eyes in the first few days. An ice compress is applied in order to reduce swelling and bruising after surgery. This swelling and bruising will die down in 1-2 weeks. Slight discolorations can be covered over with make-up.
How long does it take to return to normal life?
Patients can return home the same day. There is no need to stay in hospital. Stitches are removed 5-7 days after surgery. The incision marks on the eyelids will become invisible in approximately 6-7 months. The patient can return to work in three days and can wear contact lenses, if used, after two weeks.
Does blepharoplasty surgery need to be repeated?
The results of this kind of operation are permanent. But the new shape of the eyelids is affected by factors such as life style, gaining and losing weight, stress, lack of sleep and gravity, and may remain intact from a few years to a whole lifetime, depending on the individual. Eyelids can be operated on again after further deformation.