What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove skin excess and redistribute fat in the eyelids. The eyelid region betrays age more than anywhere else in the face and patients with eyelid bags are bothered by the fact that they look tired without feeling tired. The typical changes associated with a edging involve hooding of the upper eyelid, puffiness in the lower eyelid (bags), lengthening of the lower eyelid height and accentuation of the junction between the cheek and eyelid. Blepharoplasty surgery can make a huge difference to patients by making them feel and look much more refreshed.
What does the surgery involve?
The surgery can either be done under lock anaesthetic (with you awake) or under general anaesthetic (asleep) and most patients go home on the day of surgery. The scars are well concealed within natural creases and the eyelid margin. Sometimes, other surgery is recommended at the same time to help improve the result such as fat grafting or a brow lift.
What are the risks?
The vast majority of patients come through surgery without any problems, however, with any surgery there are risks that need to be carefully consider before deciding whether it is right for you. They include general risks such as infection, bruising, asymmetry and bleeding as well as risks specific to the procedure such as eyelid drooping. Risks of surgery are covered in great detail during the consultation process.
How long does it take to recover?
There is bruising around the eyelid for 10-14 days but by two weeks, most patients can be out in public without the recent signs of surgery being evident at conversational difference. The final result may take 3-6 months for everything to settle. The scars are very inconspicuous, w high is one of the great benefits of eyelid surgery. The techniques that I favour involve restoring youth and delivering natural results.