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Losing skin elasticity and muscle tone around the eyes is common as we get older. The result is loose folds of skin on the upper eyelids and deep creases under your lower eyelids. The fat underneath your eyes may take on a ‘baggy’ appearance, and the effects can be made worse by excessive sun exposure, smoking and from hereditary factors.
Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
At LasaDerm, Blepharoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis under local anaesthetic so you can go home straight after.. The surgery or procedure is usually an hour for upper eyelids and about 2 hours for both upper and lower eyelids. To help decide if blepharoplasty is right for you, book an appointment with our Consultant Surgeon and find out what you can realistically expect and explore the benefits and risks of blepharoplasty.
During blepharoplasty, the surgeon cuts along the creases of your eyelids to trim sagging skin and muscle and remove excess fat. After the excess tissue is removed, your surgeon joins the skin with tiny stitches along your eyelid crease resulting in scars that will be virtually undetectable overtime.
You might consider blepharoplasty if droopy or sagging eyelids keep your eyes from opening completely or pull down your lower eyelids. Removing excess tissue from your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both can improve vision and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
Blepharoplasty may be an option if you have:
You may undergo blepharoplasty at the same time as another procedure, such as a brow lift, face-lift or skin resurfacing.
Possible risks of eyelid surgery include:
Talk to your Surgeon about how the surgical risks apply to you. Understanding what's involved in blepharoplasty and weighing the benefits and risks can help you decide if this procedure is a good option.
Before scheduling blepharoplasty, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss:
And you will be asked to:
Blepharoplasty is usually done in an outpatient setting. Your surgeon injects numbing medication into your eyelids and may administer an intravenous medication to help you relax. This may make you groggy.
During the procedure
If you have surgery on your upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon generally works on your upper lids first. He will cut along the fold of the eyelid, remove the excess skin, muscle and fat, and close the cut.
On the lower lid, the surgeon makes a cut just below the lashes in your eye's natural crease or inside the lower lid. He will remove or redistribute excess fat, muscle and sagging skin, and then close the cut.
If your eyelid droops close to your pupil, your surgeon may do blepharoplasty with a procedure called ptosis (TOE-sis) to address that problem.
Blepharoplasty usually takes less than two hours, depending on the amount and location of tissue being removed.
After the procedure you will be ready to go home with your aftercare instructions. You will need to be driven home so ensure you have a friend or relative that is able to do this
After surgery you may temporarily experience:
Your surgeon will likely suggest you take the following steps after surgery:
Many people express satisfaction with the results of blepharoplasty, such as a more rested and youthful appearance and more self-confidence. For some people, results of surgery may last a lifetime bearing in mind that the aging process still continues.
Scars from the surgical cuts may take six months or longer to fade. Take care to protect your delicate eyelid skin from too much sun exposure.