Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that can be performed to improve visual function and cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper field of vision. Correction of the overhanging skin folds will improve the function of the upper eyelid and peripheral vision. Even if vision is not affected, Blepharoplasty may be performed to give a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes making you look more rested and alert.
What causes the excess eyelid tissue? Sun, diet, gravity, heredity and poor skin care can cause the skin around the eyes to loosen and relax. Over time, sagging occurs from the force of gravity pulling down the eyelid tissue.
What are the symptoms that indicate a Blepharoplasty is needed? Excessive eyelid tissue can cause physical discomfort, limited field of vision, brow aches and fatigue. In some cases the eyelashes actually turn inward and irritate the eye.
How is Blepharoplasty performed? Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed around the eyes. Fine incisions are made hidden in the natural skin folds of the eyelids. Incision lines may initially appear as small as red marks which fade over time. The fine hairline scars become virtually unnoticeable.
Tell you doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:
Eye diseases such as dry eye
Thyroid disorders such as Graves Disease or under or overactive thyroid.
Diabetes, High blood pressure, or other circulatory disorders
Healthy individuals who do not have a life threatening illness or medical condition that impairs healing are normally good candidates for eyelid surgery.
What is the Recovery like after eyelid surgery? After eyelid surgery, there will be stitches in both upper lids that will remain for about 10 days. It is common for swelling and some bruising to occur, but within 1 to 2 weeks the eyelids will look normal depending on the patients rate of healing. Quiet rest with the head elevated is recommended after surgery to relieve any discomfort. Cold compresses are applied to reduce swelling and bruising.
An antibiotic ointment is applied to the suture line a couple of times a day for the first week after surgery.
What type Anesthesia is normally used? Local anesthesia is injected into the skin around the lids and a calming medication is given.
The final outcome depends on the patient’s skin structure and healing process.