What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is also called as eyelid lift surgery. It is done to correct the puffiness, sagging and drooping of upper eyelids. It is also used to remove the excess skin and the bags under the lower eyelid. It improves the appearance of your eyelids and the area around it to give you a younger and more relaxed look.
Who can undergo blepharoplasty?
You can get the eyelid lift surgery done only if you are healthy and not suffering from any chronic or life threatening disease conditions and is a non-smoker. Risks are more for people with diabetes, dry eyes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, heart and vascular diseases.
How is the procedure performed?
During the procedure you will be administered either local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia as felt appropriate by your plastic surgeon. The incision on the upper eyelid is made such that after the procedure the scars get hidden in the natural creases of the upper eyelid. The fat or the extra skin is removed. For lower eyelid the incision is either made just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The excess skin is removed and /or the fat may be removed or redistributed as required. The incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives. Medications and ointment are prescribed to help in faster healing and to prevent infection after the procedure. Note you must wear sun glasses till healing is complete.
How much time it will take for complete recovery?
The swelling and bruising seen after the procedure goes away in few weeks. The scars of the incision fade away in few months to reveal beautiful eyes with well-defined smooth eyelids to give you a young and rejuvenated look.
Blepharoplasty can also be done along with other procedures such as face-lift, brow-lift or skin resurfacing to improve your looks substantially.
What are the possible risks associated with blepharoplasty?
Risks may include infection, scar due to the procedure, temporary blurred vision or double vision and dry eyes but occur rarely. Loss of vision may occur in very rare cases.
Double Eyelid Surgery
Asian blepharoplasty, also referred to as double-eyelid surgery is a cosmetic surgery performed to create a pretarsal crease in the upper eyelid which is normally absent from birth in people of Asian origin. The lack of a pretarsal crease may cause an unaesthetic appearance of puffy upper eyelids and a tired look. Some individuals may also complain of difficulty in application of eye makeup. Asian blepharoplasty gives your eyes a brighter look and also makes the application of eye makeup easier.
Asian blepharoplasty surgery involves placement of a fold that is more or less parallel to the lash line of the upper eyelid. In the process, a small amount of fat may be removed so as to create the crease. Then the new fold will be sutured into the eyelid and will become a permanent part of the eyelid. The surgery is done under local anaesthesia as this allows the patient to be awake and hold the eyelid in place. A sedative will be given to make you comfortable throughout the procedure. The surgical procedure usually lasts about two hours.
There are two techniques that can be utilized to perform Asian blepharoplasty. The two techniques include the open method and the suture method. The suture method is employed in individuals with thin skin and thin eyelids that fold in a spontaneous manner. If there is excess fat, then it can be removed through a stab incision. The open method is performed in individuals with thick excess skin and with thick muscles.