Blepharoplasty also referred to as an eyelid lift, is an operation usually performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids by correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations. It is also used for cosmetic reasons, such as rejuvenating the area around the eyes. it can be performed to correct structural problems with the eyelids and is an effective way to improve sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision.
What does the treatment involve?
CONSULTATION: At the start of any Blepharoplasty treatment a thorough consultation will take place, where our specialized dermatologist will evaluate your skin and discuss with you your specific skin needs and concerns.
PROCESS: During the procedure, the skin is cleansed and the doctor will make precise markings to indicate where excess tissues will be removed in your upper eyelids or in your lower eyelids. The excess skin is then removed with surgical instruments such as scalpels and surgical scissors. During surgery, incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelid, in the crease of the upper eyelid and just beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid. This way, incisions are virtually unnoticeable after they have healed. Sutures or tissue adhesives (glue) are then carefully applied to smooth and reconfigure areas around the eyebrows and eyelids. Often the sutures used for your procedure will dissolve on their own in four to seven days, and you will not need to have them removed. If non-dissolving sutures are used, then the doctor will remove them about a week after the procedure. In most cases, there is virtually no detectable scar.
TIME: The procedure takes 1-2 hours.
FINISHING: After the procedure you might notice swelling, redness and bruising, this is common and normal and will subside with time.
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS NEEDED: Upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. Of course, your eyes will still age after the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions:
DOES IT HURT?
During the procedure the area around your eyes will be numbed with a drug administered through a needle and you wont feel any pain. However, most severe pain is observed during the immediate postoperative period and up to 2 to 4 hours after surgery. After surgery your eyelids may feel tight and sore. Your doctor will give you medicines to help with pain and discomfort.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
It will take time to see results after surgery. You’ll likely be bruised and swollen.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD OF BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Recovery from eyelid surgery generally takes several weeks. Within two days to a week, the stitches will be removed. In the first week, patients will want to make sure that their eyes receive plenty of rest. The redness and swelling occurring after the blepharoplasty procedure will fade with time.
WHEN CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
This will take at least 10 days; however, it’s safest to wait at least 2 to 3 weeks before wearing eye makeup so your incisions can completely heal.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider eyelid surgery:
1. You have excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
2. You have loose upper eyelid skin that impairs your vision.
3. You have a puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making your eyes look tired and sad.
4. You have excess skin and fine, ‘crepe paper’ type lower eyelid wrinkles.
5. You have bags and dark circles under the eyes.
6. Your upper eye surface is too small or not smooth enough to apply makeup.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Your incisions will be red and visible at first, and your eyelids may be puffy and feel numb for several days. Your eyelid may be swollen and bruised for 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. The appearance of your eye will continue to get better for 1 to 3 months.
HOW LONG DOES A BLEPHAROPLASTY RESULT LAST?
Upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. Of course, your eyes will still age after the procedure.
WHEN CAN I SHOWER AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
You can take showers from the neck down any time after your surgery. Don’t take full showers until your doctor tells you it’s safe to do so. This is usually 5 days after surgery. You may gently wash below your eyes with wipes or a soft washcloth.
AFTERCARE OF A BLEPHAROPLASTY?
1. Avoid the sun after the treatment.
2. No bending after the procedure.
3. No heavy lifting for a week to 10 days after surgery.
4. Do not wear eye makeup for 2 weeks. You may also want to avoid face cream or lotion.
5. Do not rub or put pressure on your eye for at least 1 week.
6. Minimize swelling and bruising by keeping your head elevated as much as possible during the first few days of recovery.
7. Do not get your hair coloured or permed for 10 days after surgery.
8. Do not wear contact lenses for about 2 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay.
9. Limit reading, computer work, and TV for the first few days.
10. Do not use any pain relievers after surgery that may thin the blood, such as Advil, Ibuprofen, or Aspirin.
Tylenol is acceptable to use. Your doctor will let you know before surgery regarding any prescription blood thinners and how long to stop those for.
11. Apply ice packs or cold compresses to your eyes to help reduce swelling.