Blepharoplasty (The Eye)
Blepharoplasty is the medical name for surgery of the eyelids. It involves the removal of baggy skin from the upper and lower lids, along with any excess fat and muscle. It can be performed on either the upper lids or the lower or both together. The eyes are the focal point of the face and they give away ones expression and mood often better than speaking, which is why so many of us put so much effort into keeping them wide open, fresh and young.
The skin around the eyes can be quite thin and delicate. Often the first signs of ageing begin in this area such as skin stretching, muscle weakening and extra fat accumulating under the eyes and on the brow bone. This may lead to sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and under eye bags. Blepharoplasty can revitalise the eyes and in doing so create a more youthful expression.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic but is more commonly performed under a general anaesthetic, requiring an overnight stay at the Hospital. Incisions are carefully placed so that within several months they will hardly be visible. On the upper lids the incision is about an inch long and lies in the fold of the eyelid. On the lower eyelids the incision is made just under the lashes in the natural crease. The excess skin and muscle fibres are then removed along with the puffy, fatty tissue. The incisions are closed using very fine suture material.
If you have any eye health issues you may be advised to undergo an eye test before the operation.
When to consider Eyelid Surgery / Eyelid Rejuvenation?
• When you have bags under your eyes
• When your eyes are drooping
• When people are always saying you look tired – even if you are not
• When your vision is obstructed
• When you cannot apply eye lid make-up easily
• When you have a shadow on your lower lid
UPPER EYELID SURGERY
With ageing and sun damage the skin in the upper lid begins drooping and sagging and this overhangs covering the eyes.Upper eyelid surgery is the removal of loose or folds of skin from the eyelid. This is called Upper Blepharoplasty. This procedure can reduce droopy eyelids, restore the contour of eye and give youthful definition to your eyes.
LOWER EYELID SURGERY
Lower eyelid surgery is the removal of the fat pads underneath the eye. This is quite a common problem as we get older and in some cases younger men and women can require this surgery as either parent may also suffer from ‘puffy’ eyes. This surgery can without doubt reduce the bags under the eyes. We would hear from many patients that they are constantly asked ‘are you tried?’ or ‘have you had some late nights? and this eventually prompts them to undergo this very successful surgery.
BENEFITS – EYE BAG REMOVAL (BLEPHAROPLASTY)
The main benefits are a reduction of ‘bags under the eyes’ which immediately improves your appearance. You will no longer have that tired look.
If your vision was affected by drooping, puffy eyelids then this will no longer be a problem. Your eyelids will be both firmer and tighter.
Wrinkles will be reduced be cannot be completely eliminated. The fine surface ones will be removed but not the deeper rooted ones.
Your eyes will look brighter and clearer and this combined with trimmer eyelids will give you a more youthful appearance. You will look fresher and brighter rather than tired and stressed.
These physical improvements will make you feel more confident and self-assured and will boost your self-esteem.
After the operation you will not be able to drive for at least 48 hours. Your vision may be slightly blurred for 1-2 days due to swelling but the function of your eyes is not affected by this procedure. Your lids may feel fairly tight for a few days but recovery is usually rapid. You can return to work after 2 weeks and the remaining puffiness should go down in 3-4 weeks. It is also vital to attend post-operative consultations.