Excess eyelid skin with or without bulging fat pads is the reason why people consider eyelid surgery. Aesthetic blepharoplasty has now become one of the most popular and requently performed cosmetic procedure in the world.
Why consider Blepharoplasty?
With time, the eyelid skin becomes lax and the underlying tissue (fat pads) may start to bulge out. Years of sun damage, genetic predisposition, chronic health issues and cigarette smoking often accelerate this phenomenon.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure where excess eyelid skin (and if required, excess fat pads) are excised to restore a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Younger people with genetically inherited excess fatty tissue around the eyes may also elect to have this procedure to achieve a more defined upper eyelid crease or to get rid of bulging lower lid fat pads.
What is involved in blepharoplasty surgery?
What is the downtime like for eyelid surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, some swelling and bruising is common with this procedure. This generally starts to subside within days after surgery. Most patients are able to undertake light activities from the next day onwards. Patients may choose to wear dark sunglasses to conceal stitches, bruising and swelling.
You may be commenced on oral prophylactic antibiotics along with oral painkillers for first few days after surgery.
The non-absorbent stitches are taken out on day five once the wound is healed. We also use absorbable sutures for skin closure and in that case the stitches will simply absorb on their own within few days. Surgical scars will be situated in the upper eyelid crease or just under the lower lashes, and therefore will be inconspicuous.
For removing lower eyelid fat pads alone, a “trans-conjunctival” blepharoplasty is performed where the incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. Sutures are not usually required here as no skin excision is performed. This approach is more suitable for younger patients with thicker, more elastic skin and has a more rapid recovery period.
Is there going to be a visible scar?
Eyelid skin heals extremely quickly and extremely well, leaving minimal or no scarring. The area of excess skin excision is in the natural eyelid crease and is virtually invisible when our eyes are open.
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Important: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.