What is blepharoplasty?

blepharoplastyIf you have droopy eyelids, you could consider undergoing a blepharoplasty to lift your eyelids. Blepharoplasty is also known as eyelid surgery which helps correct anything undesirable around the eye region. As the surgery involves your delicate eyes, it is important that you choose an experienced and board-certified cosmetic surgeon to perform the surgery for you.

Reasons

People undergo blepharoplasty for various reasons. Some undergo the surgery to remove extra fat or muscle in the eye region, some to remove the loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelid and obstructs the vision and some undergo the surgery to correct droopiness in the eyelid.

Eyelid surgery also helps reduce dark under eye circles and reduces the general ‘puffy’ appearance around the eyes. It however does not help treat wrinkles or droopy eyebrows; a separate procedure is required to do this.

Preparation

Inform your surgeon about any medications you take as you may have to stop taking herbal supplements and pills like aspirin and anti-inflammatory pills which can increase the risk of bleeding.

You will have to stop smoking if your smoke, and divulge your complete medical history, including allergies, with your surgeon. Make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home after the blepharoplasty and to stay with you for the first night after the surgery.

Procedure

You will be first placed under general anaesthesia and then your surgeon makes an incision which is concealed within the eye region creases. Your surgeon removes extra fat and skin tissue in the eye region through the incision.

The incision is then closed using surgical tape and absorbable or removable sutures. If there are no complications when you come out of anaesthesia, your doctor will permit you to return and recover at home.

Recovery phase

While patients recover from a blepharoplasty differently, everyone has to rest for a few days. You have to keep your head elevated as much as possible and you have to apply cold compresses. Take the medications your surgeon prescribes and follow the detailed at-home care instructions.

Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin as it only increases the risk of bleeding. Any stitches you have will be removed within a week. Don’t worry if you experience blurry vision and sensitivity to light as its normal after blepharoplasty so just protect your eyes by wearing dark sunglasses.

Possible risks

Like any surgery, there are some risks associated with eyelid surgery like bleeding, scarring, poor healing, infection, pain, swelling, blurriness, skin discoloration, impaired vision, blood clots, closing of eyes, loss of vision and risks of anaesthesia.

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