Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and tissue from the upper and/or lower eyelids in order to remove hooded eyelids and/or eye bags. You may have heard the procedure also referred to as ‘Eye Bag Removal’. With upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes an incision along the eyelid crease in the natural skin fold of the eyelid and then removes excess fat, skin and muscle. The incision is then closed and the scar is hidden in the natural fold of the upper eyelid. With lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the eye bags, either through an external incision made just below the lower lashes or through an incision made on the inside of the eyelid. A small amount of skin might also be taken away, however the muscle that closes the eyelid (orbicularis) is preserved. Often, the fatty laxity which is found below the eyelid can be improved at the same time using a procedure called a ‘SOOF Lift’. Blepharoplasty can be performed alone or in combination with other types of facial rejuvenation surgery, such as a facelift or brow lift.
How Long does the Procedure take?
Eyelid Surgery takes between 1 to 3 hours to perform, depending on the specific type of surgery you are having. This could be just your upper eyelids or both your upper and lower eyelids.
What Anaesthetic is available?
Blepharoplasty can be performed either under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetic with/without IV Sedation and is normally a day case procedure, which means you are not required to stay overnight in hospital. You can discuss which Anaesthetic options are most suitable for you at your initial consultation with the surgeon.
The majority of patients find that Blepharoplasty can make a huge difference to their overall appearance and produces a more youthful and rested look. Patients who previously had large bags under their eyes particularly benefit from this procedure.
Factors to Consider
Before undergoing any surgery, be sure to speak to your surgeon about the type of results you are expecting. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery do not remove dark circles under the eyes, nor does it lift sagging eyebrows or remove crows feet. These can be improved with non-surgical injections such as Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers which can be used in combination with Blepharoplasty. If you suffer from Glaucoma or dry eyes, there is a higher risk of complications following treatment and Blepharoplasty may not be suitable for you. It is essential that an eye specialist assesses your suitability before any surgery takes place.
What is the Recovery Period?
Although Blepharoplasty is a straightforward procedure, you will need to take 5-10 days off to rest, but please discuss this with your surgeon at your initial consultation. There is a variable amount of bruising and swelling in the skin around the eyelids, which takes approximately 2 weeks to settle. Sometimes the whites of the eyes can become bruised, giving them a red appearance, but again this will subside. Your recovery time will be faster if you opt to have your surgery under local anaesthetic with/without light sedation as opposed to general anaesthetic