What is Blepharoplasty?
Droopy eyelids, baggy eyes, tired looking eyes all result from the presence of excess skin on the eyelids. Often considered an aesthetic concern, they may also cause vision problems if the excess skin causes an obstruction before the eyes.
Blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenation is performed to remove this excess skin and tighten the area around that skin.
Who can opt for Blepharoplasty?
People facing any of the following issues can consider and opt for a blepharoplasty –
- Tired or droopy eyes
- Eyelid skin with a papery texture
- Dark circles and puffy eyes
- Hooded eyelids
- Prominent crow’s feet
- Deep tear troughs
What the procedure does not do –
- Change your eye colour
- Give you new eyes
- Cause blindness
What blepharoplasty does –
- Removes the excess skin from the eyelid
- Removes bags under the eyes
- Give you an alert look by opening the space around the eyes
- Improve vision where the skin causes an obstruction to the view
About the Procedure
It is important for the procedure to be performed by an experienced surgeon to minimize risks and complications while offering world-class technology and surgical techniques.
Each case determines whether blepharoplasty must be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or simultaneously on both. The surgeon assesses whether general or local anaesthesia must be used.
The surgeon makes precise markings on the sites of excess skin and fat pads and makes the incision inside the natural folds of the eyelid, the crease of the upper eyelid, beneath the eyelashes, or in some cases, through the inner layer of the eyelid (conjunctiva) when skin excision is not required. This leads to minimal visible scarring.
The surgeon uses instruments like scalpel, surgical scissors, radiofrequency cutting devices and cutting lasers to remove the excess skin, fat – in some cases, the underlying muscle may need to be removed. Once this is done, the incision is closed with sutures or tissue adhesives.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure with a recovery time of up to 2 weeks.
- Temporary bruising during the first few days may make it difficult to open the eyes. Use of compresses eases this
- You can resume daily routine after the first couple of days, while sutures are removed after 5 to 6 days
- Apply topical ointment daily
- Use of contact lens or makeup should be resumed after consulting the surgeon