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Blepheroplasty

As one grows old the skin of the face loses elasticity. The eyebrow descends downwards, along with it the excess skin of the upper eyelid also hangs downwards like a curtain. Similarly laxity of the lower eyelid results in fine wrinkles and lower eyelid bags. The outward angles of the eyes turn downwards.

What happens in the surgery?

The surgery is done under general anesthesia. The patient is asleep throughout the procedure. There is no pain.

Upper eyelid surgery

A long incision is given in the upper eyelid skin crease as in the picture below. Extra skin and fat is trimmed. If required eyebrow elevation surgery (eyebrow lift) may also be performed from the same incision. The incision lies in natural skin crease and is well hidden.

Lower eyelid surgery

A long incision is placed in the middle of the lower eyelid. Sometimes this incision may be advanced sideways beyond the level of the eye. Extra fat in the eyelid bulge is removed or rearranged. In patients with a drooping outer angle of the eye further tightening of eyelid tissue is done to give a youthful appearance.

After surgery

Maximum discomfort occurs in the first few days, improving each day there after. Cold compress is advised for the first 48 hours after surgery. Expect temporary swelling of the eyelids, tightness of lids, bruising, dryness or itching. The eyes may feel sticky.

A few eye-drops are prescribed to help with dryness and itching. Sutures are removed in 5 to 7 days.