Eyelid surgery – commonly referred to as blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift – is a surgical procedure done to reduce bagginess that occurs in the lower eyelids. It also removes excess skin from your upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty is often performed for cosmetic reasons. It could also help restore proper sight in aging people who have troubled vision because of sagging upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty will not eliminate the dark circles that occur under the eyes, facial wrinkles, or crow’s feet.
The Process of Eyelid Aging
When your skin begins to age, it loses elasticity gradually. This loss of elasticity combined with gravitational pull makes the excess skin collect on the lower and upper eyelids. The excess skin that gathers on the lower eyelids can cause bulges and wrinkles. On the upper lids, an additional fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and prevent you from seeing well.
The Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
A good candidate for blepharoplasty should be in good health and must have realistic expectations regarding what blepharoplasty can and cannot do. Most eyelid surgery patients are individuals aged 35 and above. However, if your drooping or baggy eyelids are inherent, you may opt for it sooner.
Preparation for Eyelid Surgery
Before surgery, you should arrange for someone to drive you back home after the procedure. In addition, you might need someone to stay with you the night after surgery as you heal. It may also be helpful to have the following items easily accessible while you are healing:
- Ice pack
- Small gauze pads
- Ice cubes
- Artificial tears or eye drops
- Clean towels or wash cloths
- Over-the-counter painkillers
The Eye Surgery Procedure
Blepharoplasty could take up to two hours if both the upper and lower eyelids are being treated. Usually, local anesthesia with oral sedation is used. However, if you are in a hospital, you may receive intravenous sedation.
When treating the upper eyelids, the surgeon makes incisions along natural lines of your eyelids. Through these incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from the tissue beneath to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle. The surgeon then closes the cuts using tiny sutures. The stitches may stay from three to six days. The lower lids may or may not need stitches depending on the technique applied.
When treating the lower eyelids, the surgeon makes a cut inside your lower eyelids to remove excess fat, skin and loose muscle. The surgeon may also cut along the margin of the eyelashes and remove skin or fat through this cut.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
After your blepharoplasty surgery, you could get the following benefits:
- Improved appearance (no “tired” look)
- Reduced wrinkles
- Firm and tight eyelids
- Clearer and brighter eyes
If you are suffering from droopy or baggy eyes, blepharoplasty can be a great benefit to enhance your look and may also help improve your vision. Contact Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery to find out if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Located in Moonee Ponds and Werribee, Dr. Stephen Salerno can help determine the most effective treatment plan for your individual needs.