Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, includes surgery to repair droopy eyelids which may involve the removal of excess skin, muscle, and fat.
As you age, your eyelids stretch and the muscles that support them weaken. As a result, excess fat can accumulate above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper eyelids, and puffiness under your eyes.
In addition, to making you look older, severe sagging of the skin around your eyes can reduce your side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer portions of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes look younger and more alert.
During the first consultation, your surgeon will discuss the possible aesthetic and functional benefits and limitations regarding your eyelid surgery.
Before the operation, the doctor forbade certain medications for 2 weeks. Patients are also given advice on quitting smoking, which can delay healing time.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both at the same time.
During the surgery, incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelid, in the crease of the upper eyelid and just under the eyelashes or behind the lower eyelid. In this way, the incisions are imperceptible after they have healed.
The surgeon will make precise markings to designate where excess skin and fat pads need to be removed. These tissues are removed, and sutures are carefully applied to smooth and reconfigure the areas around the eyebrows and eyelids.
Scars may take approximately 1-3 months to fade. Take care to protect the delicate skin of your eyelids from too much sun exposure.
Many people report being satisfied with the results of blepharoplasty, such as a more rested and youthful appearance and greater self-confidence.
- Excess skin obscuring the natural crease of the upper eyelids
- Loose skin on the upper eyelid that impairs your vision
- Puffy appearance of the upper eyelids, which makes your eyes tired
- Excess skin and fine “crepe paper” type lower eyelid wrinkles
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes
- The upper surface of the eye is too small or not smooth enough to apply makeup
Recovery time for eyelid treatment is fast. Most patients are not even hospitalized and are discharged the same day. Most patients are 90% back to normal within two weeks. You may have bruises and swelling after the treatment, and they may heal within 2 weeks.
Blepharoplasty is a simple surgical procedure usually performed under local anesthesia or sedation. The upper blepharoplasty takes about half an hour, while the lower blepharoplasty usually takes about an hour. Lower and upper blepharoplasty operations can be performed at the same time. In such a case, the operation takes 1.5 hours.
Recovery after eyelid lift surgery is a gradual process and scars may appear slightly pink for six months after the procedure.
The incisions made during the eyelid lift surgery are inside the lower eyelid of the patient, leaving no visible scars.