Blepharoplasty surgery, also known as eyelid surgery is a type of plastic surgery used by men and women from all around the world to correct certain defects, disfigurations or deformities of the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can also be used to aesthetically enhance the eyes region, giving it a more youthful appearance.
During blepharoplasty surgery, the surgeon can remove excess skin and excess fatty tissue but in the same time strengthen the muscle and tendons from the eyes region.
Eyelid Surgery Candidates
Blepharoplasty surgery or eyelid surgery is recommended for patients with loose skin in the eyes region, droopy upper eye lids, bags under their eyes or simply patients who wish to rejuvenate their facial appearance.
Am I Suitable for Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty is not recommended for patients suffering from one or more of the following:
● Dry eye syndrome
● Detached retina
● Cardiovascular disease
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
Patients should avoid smoking for at least a month before and after going in for blepharoplasty surgery. Blood thinners, herbal teas and vitamins are prohibited at least 2 weeks before the eyelid surgery. These measures are taken in order to limit potential side effects such as bruising and swelling during the blepharoplasty surgery recovery period but also to ensure the results of the procedure.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Blepharoplasty surgery or eyelid surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon will decide on the type of anesthesia used after the patient’s first examination.
Once the anesthesia kicks in, the surgeon will begin creating incisions according to the patient’s needs. Incisions are usually created in the eyelid creases in order to make them less visible after surgery – just below the lashes for the lower eyelids and in the creases of the upper eyelids.
Once the incisions are created, the surgeon begins eliminating excess skin, muscle and fatty tissue from the area. Pockets of fat under the lower eyelids can be removed through incisions made on the inside of the eyelid. Once the excess fat and skin are removed, the muscle itself can be tightened for a better effect. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures and the eyelid surgery recovery period can begin.
Eyelid Surgery Summary
Local or General anesthetic
Usually overnight stay is not required
Back to Sports
2 - 3 weeks
Duration of Operation
1 to 3 hours
Back to Work
1 to 2 weeks
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
The blepharoplasty surgery recovery period lasts around 2 weeks. Alcohol consumption is prohibited for at least 2 days before and after the blepharoplasty surgery. Patients can use water or a special type of gel to keep their eyes region clean during the blepharoplasty surgery recovery period. Eye drops can be used by patients with dry eyes. Steri-strips may also be used during the blepharoplasty surgery recovery period, in order to provide better support to the eyelids. In around 3 to 5 days the sutures are removed and in around a week the patient may begin using makeup around the eyes.
Eyelid Surgery Risks and Complications
Blepharoplasty complications can include:
● Over removal of fatty tissue
Eyelid Surgery Side Effects
Patients can experience some pain, swelling and bruising during the blepharoplasty surgery recovery period. Cold compresses can help reduce swelling and bruising. Painkillers can also be used to soothe discomfort. Other side effects can include: an increase in sensitivity to light, teary eyes, dry eyes, itching sensation in the eyes region after eyelid surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Success Rates
The average blepharoplasty surgery success rate is over 95%, with 97% of patients recommending this procedure to family or friends.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty surgery results last around 10 to 15 years, but some patients may require revision surgery during this period.