Blepharoplasty

What types of conditions will benefit from Blepharoplasty?

Every year many men and women chose to have corrective eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty. Droopy lids cannot only be uncosmetic but also interfere with vision. With this complaint there is no true muscle detachment but only skin and fat excess. Blepharoplasty corrects these cosmetic problems through removing puffiness and bags under the eyes. This procedure can not remove dark circles, fine lines or wrinkles, nor can it correct sagging of eyebrows which can add to the droopy appearance.

What does the procedure involve?

The doctor will mark the natural lines and creases in order to keep scars as invisible as possible. The incision is made with an instrument which both cuts and seals blood vessels as it goes. This way, there is minimal bleeding. The tissue, fat and excess skin are removed and the eyelids are then sewn together. There are dissolvable sutures that stay in place for 8-10 days. It is normal for the eyelids to have bruising and swelling for 1- 2 weeks. This varies from patient to patient as differences in skin types, patient medication and age all play a role in recovery. Ice packs in the first 24 hours help minimize swelling. Antibiotic ointment is used post-operatively to minimise the risk of infection.

What are the risks?

As with any surgical procedure there are risks to consider before having surgery. Technology and surgical techniques have reduced these risks to a very low level however, these need to be considered.

What are the benefits

Blepharoplasty will improve the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes, by removing loose or sagging skin that create folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid.  The surgery will improve vision that was hampered by droopy eyelids.

 

 

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