One of the key telltale signs of aging is drooping, saggy or baggy eyelids, caused by the loss of elasticity as skin ages. Younger people may also consider this procedure if their eyelids droop in such a way to affect their peripheral vision. In either case, blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can completely solve the problem, leaving you with a more alert, youthful appearance and clearer vision.
How does it work?
One of our highly qualified plastic surgeons will remove excess skin, muscle and sometimes fat from either the upper or lower eyelids, or sometimes both. The surgery is usually performed under light anaesthesia, although it can be performed under general anaesthesia in some cases (this usually depends on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s’ individual needs/wishes). Upper eyelid surgery generally takes between 45-60 minutes, while lower lid blepharoplasty can take up to 90 minutes.
What should I expect?
The results of blepharoplasty tend to become visible 2-4 weeks after the surgery, once the swelling goes down. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (sometimes called an “eye lift”) should not be confused with upper eyelid ptosis surgery, which is a procedure to raise the position of the upper eyelid margin by tightening the muscle and tendon that normally elevate it. Blepharoplasty surgery sometimes can elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly if the heaviness of the excessive skin actually is “weighing down” the upper eyelid, causing it to droop.
How long will my surgery and recovery take?
Patients can usually be discharged on the same day, around 4-6 hours after the surgery. Full recovery will normally take around two weeks, and your surgeon will talk you through exactly how to aid your recovery, such as by wearing dark glasses and avoiding contact lenses.