Puffy or heavy eyelids can make you seem tired and older. In some cases, the excess skin of the upper eyelid may even obscure the vision. Eyelid lift or blepharoplasty can rejuvenate your face with minimal downtime.
Who is suitable a blepharoplasty?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are patients who have no underlying eye conditions or general medical illnesses such as thyroid disease which can affect the eyelids. You may be asked to have a formal eye test at your local ophthalmologist prior to surgery. There is no ideal age to perform the surgery although the aesthetics of eyelids tend to worsen with age. Ultimately it is a matter of what feels right for you.
What does the operation involve?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on either or both of the upper and lower eyelids. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Blepharoplasty involves carefully removing excess skin, and removal or repositioning of muscle and/or fat. In some patients there may be a need for additional procedures to to optimise the outcome. Some patients choose to have all four eyelids operated on at the same time.
What happens after the operation?
After the operation you should be able to go home on the same day and will be advised to sleep using a couple of pillows to keep the head up. In the early stages of the recovery you may need to use eye drops for extra lubrication. You should expect visible bruising and swelling of the eyelids in the days after surgery. Ideally you should aim to take two weeks off work, and can start light exercise after four weeks.
How long do the results last?
Blepharoplasty can have an immediate and long lasting rejuvenating effect depending on the pre-existing aging/genetics of the patient. Ancillary procedure such as a brow lift might be required in the future if there is further droopiness of the eyelid.
What are the risks of a blepharoplasty?
Complications include minor skin infection, blurred vision for a few days, swelling and bruising, asymmetry of scars and temporary difficulty closing one’s eyes during sleep. Your surgeon will carefully go through the risks and complications of the surgery during your consultation.
Further information on Blepharoplasty
BAAPS Information on Blepharoplasty