Eyelid surgery, also referred to as, blepharoplasty, aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids, opening the eye.
Patients may consider undergoing eyelid surgery if they have excess or loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelid covering the natural fold or covering over the eyelashes. Also, if the patient’s upper eyelid appears puffy, making the individual always look tired and older than they would like. The patient may require upper eyelid corrective surgery if the drooping of the eyelid restricts, impacts on the patients’ vision.
Upper lid surgery involves placing incisions in the upper, natural crease of the eyelid in order for any scarring to appear invisible when the patient opens their eyes. Excess fat and skin are then removed through the incisions. The amount that is removed will depend on the patients individual needs and desired results.
Following the surgery, the patient may be sensitive to light, blurred vision and excess tearing. There will also be swelling, bruising and redness however this will fade gradually after the surgery. Ice packs will help with the swelling and sooth the area. The recovery is not significantly painful however check with the surgeon before taking any medication to alleviate the pain. If the surgeon used stitches they are removed four days following surgery. The first two days after the surgery patients are advised to rest and apply cold compression to the eyes, however prepare to rest and recuperate two weeks following the procedure as recovery times vary depending on individuals and lifestyles.
The results of upper eyelid surgery are long lasting, as the aging process continues the patient may choose additional procedures however the upper eyelift does not require maintenance or repeat surgery generally.