Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery. Eye contact during social interactions, increases the desire for youthful eyes, especially as we grow older.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.
Eyelid surgery not only will improve the appearance of your eyelids but will also rejuvenate the are surrounding your eyes.
What eyelid surgery can treat
Loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
Fatty deposits in the eyelids
Bags under the eyes
Dropping lower eyelids
Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
The New era of Eyelid surgery
In the past, eyelid surgery was all about removing skin and fat. Nowadays the procedure is more refined, focused on improving the appearance of eyelids and the periorbital area at the same time.
Outcomes of the modern eyelid surgery are more natural, special attention is put to the shape of the eye and surgery is considered successful when nobody can tell that you have been operated on.
Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, whereas lower eyelid requires a combination of local anesthesia and mild sedation.
Upper eyelid surgery involves excision of the sagging skin, remodeling of the muscle and reduction of the fat deposits if needed. In order to treat the excess of skin in the area of crow’s feet, the incision is extended to the periorbital rim. A combination of intradermal and interrupted sutures is used to meticulously proximate the epidermis and sutures are removed in one week post op.
Lower eyelid surgery consists of creating a pocket in the mid face which will subsequently be used to redistribute the layers of excess fat. This will achieve an uninterrupted transition from lower eyelid to the mid face, correction of the tear draft and elimination of under-eye bags. In cases of presence of excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid, a precise excision of skin is needed in order to complete the fresh and youthful look.
Are you a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
You are considered a good candidate for eyelid surgery if:
You are a healthy individual without any medical conditions that can impair healing
You are a nonsmoker
You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
You don’t have serious eye conditions
Eyelid surgery can make you look refreshed and awake, while giving you a more youthful appearance.
Eyelid surgery is not very painful. In most cases, patients are often surprised at how little pain is involved.
Recovery from eyelid surgery is fairly easy, with about one week of swelling and bruising.
Because the incisions are made in the natural eyelid crease and crow’s feet, they are difficult to detect once healed.