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BLEPHAROPLASTY
Overview

Benefits

Best candidates

Procedure steps

Results

Risks and safety considerations

After-Procedure instructions and precautions

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Blepharoplasty Overview

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. For in depth understanding of all the changes that happen in an aging face head over to the aesthetics page on Face.

Blepheroplasty is a cosmetic surgery technique to remove the extra skin fro the upper eyelids and remove the lower eyelid bags by removing extra skin and fat.

What are the benefits of Blepharoplasty surgery ?

  • Hanging upper eyelids may interfere with peripheral vision. A blepharoplasty surgery is the only option to restore the visual field.
  • It rejuvenates the periorbital region making the eyes more open and wide.
  • Removing lower eyelid bags sheds off years from the face.
  • Removes the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
  • It may also be combined with a Eyebrow Lift surgery to rejuvenate the entire upper face.

Who are the best candidates for Blepharoplasty surgery ?

Individuals with mild to severe lid laxity are the best candidates for blepharoplasty surgery. There is no age limit. It is preferable the patient be in good physical health with out any preexisting eye problems like dry eyes or infections and most importantly must have realistic expectations

How is the Blepharoplasty surgery performed ?

The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia where the patient is asleep throughout the procedure. Sometimes though it may be carried out under Local anesthesia with sedation as well. There is no pain during the procedure.

You are asked to come to the surgical suit at least 2 hours before the time slot alloted for surgery. It essential to come empty stomach. Please carefully read and follow all the pre-operative instructions give to you at the time of appointment.

You will be given time immediately before the surgery to discuss any last minute doubts with the surgeon. once you ready you will be taken to the operation theater. You will remain asleep through out the surgery.

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.

When will I see the results ?

Results are best appreciated around 3 weeks after the surgery. Tissue healing takes 1 to 2 weeks. There will be mild swelling around the eyes for 1-2 days. Sutures are removed on the 5th day after surgery.

What are the risks and safety considerations ? 

Like all surgical procedures there are risks relayed to surgery, anesthesia and sutures. Please read the Blepharoplasty Informed Consent document thoroughly and completely to understand the risks involved.

What are the After-Surgery instructions and precautions ?

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.

Please read and follow the post-procedure instructions carefully and completely.

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