As people age, the skin around the eyes loses its plasticity, and fat may accumulate under the skin. This makes the eye area look wrinkled; it can also cause puffiness and a general “tired” look. Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, can give a rejuvenated, rested appearance to the eyes.
The procedure involves removal of excess skin, muscle and fat around the eyes. It can be performed on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid or both. Conditions that Blepharoplasty can treat include:
- Excess fat that causes puffiness in the upper eyelid
- Loose, sagging skin on eyelid
- Bags under the eyes
- Eyelid droopiness
- Excess skin and wrinkles on lower eyelid
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will try to make the incision line blend in with the natural structure of the eyelid. Droopiness can be corrected with a cut along the crease of the eyelid, followed by a tightening of muscles or removal of excess skin or fat.
For conditions of the lower eyelid, the plastic surgeon will make the incision just below the lower lash line. Immediately after the surgery, the eyes are lubricated and covered with bandages. Bruising usually disappears in about 10 days.
Results appear gradually, as swelling and bruising give way to a smooth, rejuvenated eye area. Patients can usually see results within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for the incision lines to fully blend in with the rest of the eyelid area.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with eyelid surgery. Candidates for Blepharoplasty should discuss these risks with a qualified plastic surgeon and carefully weigh the benefits of the surgery against possible complications to decide whether the procedure is right for them. In addition to swelling and bruising, common side effects include:
Though changes in vision are usually temporary, eyelid surgery can cause permanent loss of vision. However, this is rare. Many of the side effects of eyelid surgery can be treated with medication, cold compresses and ointments. Most patients can resume normal activities within 10 days. Patients must wear darkly tinted sunglasses until healing is complete.
Eyelid surgery can really improve the appearance of the eye area, rejuvenating it and making it look smoother. “I am very happy with my eyelid surgery,” says one patient. “My eyes look more alive and open,” she continues. “I would do it again in a heartbeat,” says another happy patient. Yet another says, “my upper eyelids were hitting my lashes and were puffy and loose – my eyes are more open and tighter. They look like they did in my 20s.”
When considering eyelid surgery, it is important to keep in mind that the procedure will not stop the aging process. Candidates for the surgery must have realistic expectations. Even so, many eyelid surgery patients are happy with their results years later.
All these expectations can be discussed fully in the consultation with Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi. Any questions can be answered pre procedure and full aftercare will be given after the procedure. All patients are invited back to the London Medical and Aesthetic Clinic so that we can monitor their progress with follow-up examinations and aftercare instruction.