What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is also called eyelid surgery. It is performed to correct the puffiness, sagging and drooping of upper eyelids. It is also performed to remove the excess skin and the bags under the lower eyelids. It improves the appearance of your eyelids and the area around them to give you a younger and more relaxed look.
You can get the eyelid lift surgery done only if you are healthy, not suffering from any chronic or life-threatening disease and a non-smoker. Risks are more for people with diabetes, dry eyes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, heart, and vascular diseases.
Procedure of Blepharoplasty
You will be administered either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia as recommended by your plastic surgeon. The incision on the upper eyelid is made such that after the procedure the scar gets hidden in the natural creases of the upper eyelid. The fat or extra skin is removed. For the lower eyelid, the incision is made either just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The excess skin is removed and /or the fat may be removed or redistributed as required. The incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives. Medications and ointment are prescribed to help in faster healing and to prevent infection after the procedure. It is imperative that you wear sunglasses until healing is complete.
The swelling and bruising seen after the procedure go away in a few weeks. The scars of the incisions fade away in a few months to reveal beautiful eyes with well-defined smooth eyelids to give you a young and rejuvenated look.
Blepharoplasty can also be done along with other procedures such as face-lift, brow-lift or skin resurfacing to improve your looks substantially.
Risks of Blepharoplasty
Risks may include infection, scarring due to the procedure. Occasionally, temporary blurred vision or double vision and dry eyes may occur. Loss of vision may occur in very rare cases.