Blepheroplasty or eyelid surgery, as it is commonly called, is performed to correct excessive skin in the upper eyelid, to remove the bags in the lower lid or to correct the feeling of heaviness in the eyelid area. These symptoms are generally worse in the morning and can be particularly bad during periods of stress or lack of sleep. Additionally, if forehead skin loses its elasticity the eyebrows may also droop and make the excess skin in the upper eyelid appear worse.
Eye Lift Surgery
Eyelid surgery can correct droopy, puffy eyes, rejuvenate a tired appearance and create a more youthful look. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can be carried out under local anaesthesia with or without sedation or under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes up to 2 hours. In the case of upper eyelid surgery, cuts are made along natural skin folds to remove excess tissue and loose skin, depending on what is required. In lower eyelid surgery, cuts are made either inside the lower eyelid or in the skin to remove or reposition excess fat causing puffiness. If the lower eyelids have bags without any skin excess then fat can be removed using a cut on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty); this avoids an external scar.
Limitations of Surgery
It is important to understand that surgery does not eliminate dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nor does it change sagging eyebrows or remove the puffiness that sometimes occurs in the upper cheeks.
A variable amount of swelling and bruising is common around the eyelids but the pain tends to be minimal. Contact lenses are best avoided in the first few days. One can get back to work within 48 hours by wearing dark glasses to hide the bruising.
Bleeding can occur but is usually slight and is likely to stop spontaneously. Infection is uncommon. Closure of the eyelids may occasionally feel tight after surgery because of the swelling. Visible scars are rare but serious complications, such as visual disturbances and loss of vision, may occur although this tends to be very rare indeed.
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