It is also known as eye bag surgery and is usually done to rectify tired eyelids.
Eye bag surgery could be performed on upper eyelid and lower eyelid. If you have tired eyelids under your eyes then blepharoplasty is the best option, as it makes you look elegant and more youthful. This surgery also removes shadows which are developed under the eyes. There are also various treatments for wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet, such as injections or brow lifts.
Pros of Blepharoplasty:
With the help of this treatment, you can get rid of excess skin, muscle or fat around the eyes. Blepharoplasty may be an option if you have anyone of the following conditions:
- It helps correcting droopy or baggy upper eyelids
- Excess skin of upper eyelids which interferes with peripheral vision could also be removed by using this technique
- Droopy eyelids could be corrected which may cause white to show below the colored part of iris
- Excess skin on lower eyelids could also be removed
- Bags under your eyes could be taken care of
Blepharoplasty could be done simultaneously along with other procedures, such as face-lift, skin resurfacing or brow lift.
Risks of Blepharoplasty:
These are possible risk factors of blepharoplasty:
- Irritated, dry eyes
- Bleeding and infection
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin coloration
- Difficulty in closing and opening your eyes
- The need to follow-up surgery
- Temporarily blurred vision
How is it done?
The surgeon will make a cut into natural creases and lines in the eye lid. Cut will also be made in the laughter lines developed at the corner of eyes. On lower eyelids, cut will be made just under eyelashes.
This is done so that the scars which run along the natural folds of eyes, conceal them as much as possible. If fat removed without removing excess skin, cut might be made in the inner part of the eyelid, without developing scar.
If you are performing surgery only for the upper or lower eyelid, it takes almost one to two hours or less than that. It could be performed as day case but stay in hospital is required. Local anesthesia with light sedation could be used, which makes the area surrounding eyes numb but the patient is awake.
What can you expect?
Blepharoplasty is done under outpatient setting. Medication is injected which numbs your eyelids and will help your eye muscles to relax.
After the procedure is done, you are kept in an observation room to observe for complications, if any. After surgery you may temporarily experience:
- Redness where the cuts were
- Numb, puffy eyes
- Some pain
- Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment which is applied to eyes
- Watering eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Double vision
- Bruising and swelling which is similar to having black eyes
Following steps would be suggested by your surgeon after the surgery:
- To gently clean your eyes with prescribed ointments or eye drops
- Avoid strenuous activities for a few days
- Avoid lifting heavy objects, straining or swimming for a couple of days
- Avoid smoking