What is blepharoplasty?
The aim of surgery is to achieve a natural, fresh and youthful appearance to the upper face. Common complaints of people requesting blepharoplasty surgery includes:
- Droopy upper eyelids
- Bags under the lower eyelids
- Difficulty with vision if the excess eyelid skin hangs down.
After this initial part of the consultation I will give you my opinion on how I might be able to help achieve your desired outcome. I will be able to show you a portfolio of previous patients that have had blepharoplasty surgery and the range of outcomes that can be achieved.
Together, we can decide if the operation needs to address either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or a combination of both and I will explain how the intended procedure is carried out. There will be a lot of information to take in and consider, so I often recommend taking some time to reflect on the consultation and ensure that you understand what’s involved and that you are sure this is the right decision for you.
Lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery is nearly always performed under a general anaesthetic, meaning you are fully asleep. For the lower eyelids, an incision is usually made along the lower lash line before carefully removing any excess skin and / or fat. Lower lid surgery can also be carried out with no external scar, but this will depend on whether any skin needs to be removed in order to rejuvenate the eyelids.
AFTERCARE & RESULTS
The skin and tissues around the eyes are delicate and it is common for there to be swelling and bruising which will improve in the days and weeks after surgery. It is usually the case that the eyes themselves may feel dry and ‘gritty’ after surgery, but this will usually quickly improve. You may need to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the glare of daylight and also to shield them from the effects of wind. Cool packs may help to soothe the eyes and you will need to stay upright, sleeping propped up on pillows, which will help reduce the build-up of fluid that results in swelling. The eyes will need to be kept dry for the first 3 – 4 days, after which washing the face and eyes will need to be done very carefully.