The natural aging process combined with sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollution, tend to loosen the skin of the eyelids. Loose eyelid skin may also occur in younger people who inherit traits such as excessive fatty tissue.
Blepharoplasty gives more definition to upper and lower eyelids and helps to alleviate eyes that look tired and puffy. It should be considered when the following occur:
- Excess or sagging skin of the natural crease of the upper eye
- Excess skin on the upper eyelid that impairs vision
- Tired looking eyes due to puffy skin on the upper and lower eyelid.
What does the procedure involve?
Blepharoplasty is performed under local anaesthetic and is completed in an hour and a half. The excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids is marked and the area is anaesthetised. The latest technology of CO₂ lasers is used to cut the skin and the excess is surgically removed. The skin is repaired with as few fine sutures as possible.
After the procedure, some swelling and bruising in the treated area is to be expected.
Most patients can undertake light activities the following day and wear sunglasses to conceal the bruising.
The doctor may recommend oral antibiotics and painkillers for the first few days.
The sutures will be removed six days after the procedure.
Will scarring occur?
Eyelid skin tends to heal very quickly and leaves minimal scars. Surgical scars are inconspicuous as they will be situated in the upper eyelid crease.