An Eyelid surgery, (also called blepharoplasty), is cosmetic surgery for eyes which is performed to remove excess muscle, skin, and fat deposits from the eyelids. It can be performed on both the upper and lower lids. The main objective of the Eyelid surgery is to improve the appearance of wrinkles, puffy upper eyelids or under-eye bags giving the patients a refreshed appearance. Eyelid surgery, however, may not fix dark circles or sagging eyebrows. You may have to go through another set of cosmetic treatments to get them fixed. Eyelid surgery results in the patient having improved self-confidence.
Most patients who get Eyelid surgery are generally around 35 years old or more. Eyelid surgeries are a popular choice for those looking to reduce the signs of ageing, particularly droopy eyelids or under-eye bags.
You can be strongly considered for an Eyelid surgery if you :
• have good health with no serious ailments.
• have excessive dropping or sagging eyelids
• are a non-smoker
• Have serious eye or medical conditions (glaucoma, diabetes, etc) which can increase complications of the Eyelid surgery.
• Unrealistic about the surgery.
• Emotionally unstable
There are two main types of eyelid surgery procedures: Upper eyelid surgery and Lower eyelid surgery.
• Upper Eyelid Surgery: In this kind of Eyelid Surgery, the drooping or sagging upper eyelids are fixed. During the Upper eyelid surgery procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in natural skin folds so that excess skin and tissue are removed. To fix “crow’s feet” or wrinkles, the incisions may extend past the eye’s outer corner to allow the surgeon to smooth these wrinkles.
• Lower Eyelid Surgery: In this kind of Eyelid Surgery, puffy eyes or bagginess under the eyes is treated. During the Lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes incisions in the natural skin folds, or behind the eyelid. If the incision is behind the eyelid, rather than in the skin of the lower eyelid, it is known as transconjunctival eyelid surgery.
In both kinds of Eyelid Surgery, the incisions may be closed with tape or sutures and in some cases, left to heal on their own.
The recovery post the eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty is usually quick. Although bruising and swelling may be initially present post the surgery, however, it fades away in a few days. During the first 48 hours, the use of cool compresses is strongly recommended to heal the bruising and swelling around the eyes and face.
There are very few risks associated with eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty and are actually zero if a good surgeon is employed. A few of these risks include:
• Dry Eyes
• Temporary blurred or impaired vision
• Eyelid disorders