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Blepharoplasty (Eye Lids)
As people age, the skin around the eyelid stretches, muscles weaken and fat pockets begin to bulge. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the appearance of the tired, droopy eyes that results from the unfortunate effects of time. This may involve the removal of skin and fat pockets in the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery will not reduce the appearance of crow's feet, drooping eyebrows or dark circles under the eyes.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are those who are in good physical health and those who have realistic expectations. Most patients are over the age of 35, but if you are genetically predisposed to droopy eyes, you may decide to have eyelid surgery done at an earlier age. Patients who may not be good candidates for blepharoplasty include those with thyroid disease, insufficient tear production, high blood pressure, diabetes, a circulatory disorder or cardiovascular disease.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia but if requested, general anaesthesia can be used. The plastic surgeon begins by making incisions in the crease of the upper eyelid and behind or beneath the lashes of the lower eyelid. Then, excess fat and skin are removed and if necessary, the muscles around the eye are re-draped. The eyelids will feel tight and sore and the head should be kept elevated for the first few days in order to reduce swelling and bruising. Stitches will be removed two days to one week after blepharoplasty and patients should be able to return to daily activities after 10 days.
Eyelid Surgery Risks
As with any plastic surgery, eyelid surgery carries some risk. Risks and complications associated with blepharoplasty include:
Double or blurred vision - this is usually temporary and will subside in a few days
Swelling at the corners of the eyelids - a temporary condition
White heads - these may appear after the stitches are taken out and can be removed by your surgeon
Difficulty closing the eyes while sleeping - this is usually temporary but, in rare cases, can be permanent
Ectropion - a rare condition involving the pulling down of the lower eyelids, which can be corrected with further surgery
Reaction to anaesthesia
Pre-Surgical Tests Prior to admissions and surgery, your Surgeon will require you to undergo laboratory investigations and/or diagnostic examinations to ensure that you are fit for surgery. These tests are standard hospital procedure.
Please note that this information should be used only as a guide to your treatment.
All specifics will be discussed with your Surgeon during your initial consultation.
Cosmetic Surgery Procedure:
Best Candidate: Excess fat, wrinkled or drooping skin, upper eyelids, bags, puffiness under eyes
Length of Surgery: 1-3 hours
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, Numbness, bruising, unfavorable scarring Temporarily blurred or impaired vision, Dry eyes, Difficulty closing your eyes, Lid lag (a pulling down of the lower eyelid may occur and is often temporary), Ectropion (rolling of the eyelid outwards)
Back to Work: Within 10 days
Normal Activities: Increase gently after 6-8 weeks
Fading of Scars and Results after:
Several months to a year or more