Eyelid surgery. This popular procedure involves removing fat, usually along with excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes which can make you look older and tired will be removed. While blepharoplasty can enhance your appearance and give you refreshed more youthful eyes it will not completely change the way you look. Your expectations should be realistic.
The procedure will take from one to two hours. Incisions follow the natural lines of your eyelids. The incision line will be hidden within the natural creases of your upper lids, and just below the lashes in your lower lids.
Younger patients may not need any skin removed from lower eyelids so the surgeon can perform transconjunctival blepharoplasty (incision line will be inside your lower eyelids) Any pockets of fat can be removed from beneath your lower eyelids and there will be no visible scar.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia unless it is combined with face-lift surgery.
If this surgery is undertaken by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. As with every surgical procedure there are still risks and potential complications include:
Blurred or double vision, lasting for a few days.
Swelling and bruising which may last for several days to two weeks.
Some asymmetry during healing. This will normally correct once healing is complete.
Following surgery eyes can be dry and uncomfortable. This is normally temporary, and can be treated with eye drops.
Care after the surgery:
Keep your head elevated for several days after surgery.
Cold compresses are used for the first few days to reduce swelling and bruising.
Eye-drops may be recommended.
Some surgeons apply tape to the upper and lower lids for the first 24 hours.
You should avoid strenuous activity for at least 3 weeks follow surgery.
Stitches will be removed between 5 and 6 days after surgery.
Swelling and bruising will gradually disappear in one to two weeks.
Scars will be red initially but will fade and are rarely noticeable within several weeks though internal healing will take longer.
Most people have excellent long lasting results.