Do you have droopy eyelids? Do you want a more youthful look for your tired eyes? Does the drooping of your eyelids obstruct your vision? Blepharoplasty (pronounced “BLEF-er-row-plas-tee”), the medical term for eyelid surgery, has been growing in popularity in recent years and is one of the most common procedures in plastic surgery. The word “blephara” is derived from the Greek word eyelid and “plasty” is to sculpt. Sun damage, natural ageing, the effects of gravity over time cause changes to the skin and soft tissues. Your genetics also impacts how early those changes will appear and how fast they progress. Skin folds, fat pads, wrinkles and creases make us look older and more tired.
Upper eyelid surgery: This type of surgery involves correcting heavy, “hooded” upper eyelids as well as any loose skin that is often formed above the upper eyelashes and bulging pockets of fat.
Lower eyelid surgery: The purpose of a lower blepharoplasty procedure is to improve the appearance of sagging skin and fat bags under the eyes. It consists of a day surgery procedure, so you can go home after anaesthetic recovery, most often local anaesthesia and sedation.
Eyelid surgery is popular around the world, especially in Asian countries. Asian blepharoplasty, also known as double eyelid surgery, is designed to create a crease in the upper eyelid that brightens and enhances the contour of the eyes. It makes them appear bigger and younger looking.
Blepharoplasty can help tighten the skin around the eyelid area and give your eyes a more youthful appearance. Another reason my patients choose blepharoplasty is functional – droopy eyelids sometimes obstruct their vision and eyelid surgery takes care of this problem. Eyelid reduction aims to correct it through the removal of excess skin. It can be a great way to attain natural and long lasting results, as well as give your face a more refreshed look.
Low eyebrows can also contribute to the problem and plastic surgeons often combine treatments for better results. Those procedures include fat grafting, brow lift and facelift. Read more about facelift…
More recently, micro fat grafting has become a powerful tool for the treatment of peri-orbital ageing, the region around the eyes. In some instances, fat grafting may also delay the indication for eyelid surgery.
Self-care and recovery after blepharoplasty – tips and remedies:
Most of the swelling and bruising after surgery normally goes away after two weeks. Ensuring that you post-surgery recovery goes well makes a big difference. Here are some tips to aid the healing process after blepharoplasty:
- Take painkillers as prescribed by your plastic surgeon – they should be able to advise you on the dose and how often you should take them
- When you sleep or rest, keep your head elevated – that helps reduce the swelling
- Apply ice packs to the eyelid area multiple times over the first 48hs after surgery
- Use artificial tears and eye ointment prescribed by your surgeon
If you’re considering eyelid surgery and have some questions, please get in touch with me so that I can answer any questions you might have.