Blepharoplasty procedure information
A guide to the blepharoplasty procedure
Blepharoplasty is a procedure performed on the upper and lower eyelids that removes excess fatty tissue and/or loose skin resulting in a youthful and more rejuvenated appearance.
Ageing is an irreparable and unrelenting process of tissue degeneration resulting in loss of elasticity and stretching of the skin. Your eyes make an incredible first impression as they are one of the first facial features peoples observe but they are also one of the first to show the signs of ageing. If you feel that the natural ageing process is making you look tired, you can enjoy a younger, more refreshed and confident appearance with eyelid surgery.
The rate of this ageing process varies for each person but is accelerated by the effects of sun exposure, smoking and the stresses of daily life.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital. You can expect the operation to take 1-2 hours and you will be discharged the same day.
During the procedure the excess skin is removed, muscle tightened and redundant fat excised.
The surgical incisions are sutured meticulously leaving hairline scars that usually fade quickly. Incisions in the eyelids typically heal to a point where they are almost unnoticeable.
After the operation, vision is blurred by the presence of a lubricant in your eyes which is inserted at the end of the surgery, Ice packs may be used to minimise swelling and bruising.
Post-operative swelling, discoloration and bruising are expected generally lasting up to two weeks. Temporary swelling after eyelid surgery may mean you have trouble seeing for a day or two, with some patients reporting difficulty sleeping and closing their eyes. A running suture is used to close the incisions in the eyelids and is removed with minimal discomfort after 5 days. Patients should avoid watching TV, reading or straining your eyes for a few days, and keep your head elevated. Patients are usually able to drive and return to work once they discontinue narcotic pain medication and any discomfort has eased.