Blepharoplasty is also called eyelid lift surgery. It is performed to correct the sagging of skin in the upper and lower eyelids. This improves the appearance of your eyelids and the area around it to give you a younger and more relaxed look.
You are a candidate for eyelid lift surgery if you are healthy, a non-smoker and not suffering from any chronic or life-threatening disease conditions. Risks of the procedure increase for people with diabetes, dry eyes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, and heart and vascular diseases.
Upper blepharoplasty is done to correct the puffiness, sagging and drooping of upper eyelids. During the procedure, you will be administered either local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia as felt appropriate by your plastic surgeon. An incision on the upper eyelid is made so the scar is hidden in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. The fat or the extra skin is removed. The incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives.
Lower blepharoplasty is performed to remove the excess skin and bags under the lower eyelids. During the procedure, you will be given either local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia as felt appropriate by your plastic surgeon. An incision is either made just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The excess skin is removed, and/or the fat is removed or redistributed as required. The incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives.
Following blepharoloplasty, medications and ointment are prescribed to help with faster healing and to prevention of infection after the procedure. You must wear sun glasses until healing is complete.
The swelling and bruising seen after the procedure goes away in a few weeks. The scars of the incision fade away in a few months to reveal beautiful eyes with well-defined smooth eyelids to give you a young and rejuvenated look.
Blepharoplasty can also be done along with other procedures such as face-lift, brow-lift or skin resurfacing to improve your look substantially.
Risks rarely occur, but may include infection, scarring, temporary blurred vision or double vision and dry eyes. Loss of vision may occur in extremely rare cases. Talk to your surgeon about any concerns you have before the procedure.