Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), is a procedure implemented to reduce bags under the eyes and puffiness. The procedure also corrects excess skin from the eyelid improving the appearance of eyelids, and prominence of the eyes.
The procedure enhances the patients’ appearance opening the eye area and tightening the skin. Lower eyelid surgery can also assist patients who experience vision impairment due to the puffiness of eyes caused by excess skin in the lower eyelid.
The surgery itself involves removing excess skin, fat and muscle from the lower eyelid, making the patient appear younger as sagging eyelids and lines are corrected. In many cases the surgeon will perform, eyelid surgery in conjunction with other procedures on the face such as a facelift and a brow lift.
Lower lid surgery involves the surgeon making incisions below the lower eyelash line and inside the lower eyelid. The surgeon can remove excess fat and skin, or trim the area, while tightening the lower eyelid muscle through the incision. The incision is specifically made there to ensure patients do not have any visible signs of surgery or scarring. Depending on the individual concerns of the patient and the desired result the surgeon may recommend a variety of alternative procedures including fat transfer from the upper eyelid area to volumize lower eyelid, or non-surgical treatments such as a laser or an injectable into the tear trough.
The anticipated recovery time for lower eyelid surgery is up to two weeks. Most surgeons will recommend applying a freezer pack to the eye area assisting to minimise swelling and bruising as well as provide a soothing effect for the patient.
Lower eyelid surgery is long lasting and should only need to be performed once, without any maintenance or repetition.