What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is an intervention for rejuvenation of the eyelids. It can cover the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both (complete blepharoplasty). The procedure eliminates excess coating of muscle, fat and tissues. The result is a younger and fresher look, which significantly influences the overall impression.
How is blepharoplasty performed?
In general, blepharoplasty is performed under local anaesthesia, but in rare cases in can be performed with an addition of sedatives or general anaesthesia. On the upper eyelid, the incision is performed at the point where the eye folds (to achieve minimal visible scarring) and extends slightly to the side, on the eyelid skin. In the lower eyelid incision, the incision is performed just below the lashes, making it almost invisible.
In the case of using local anaesthesia, the patient is discharged on the same day, while patients who undergo general anaesthesia are discharged the next day.
What are the pros and cons of the intervention?
Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular rejuvenation interventions because it can completely change the overall effect of the gaze. If it is not done in an appropriate facility, blepharoplasty can leave the eyes looking more round than before.
Is blepharoplasty painful or dangerous?
Blepharoplasty is neither painful nor dangerous, but it is still a surgical procedure and as such it requires preparation, skill and an appropriate environment. Antibiotic therapy is recommended in the days following the surgery.
Which patients can undergo eyelid surgery?
The majority of patients that undergo eyelid surgery are men and women between the age of 35 and 40 who have heavy and saggy eyes with excess tissue in the periorbital area. Although blepharoplasty is considered an anti-aging surgery, it can be performed in patients aged 30 or less who have fatty deposits under the eyes, commonly referred to as bags. In this case, transconjunctival blepharoplasty (excision without skin) may be an option.
The stitches are removed after 3-6 days, depending on the healing process. From this point on, one can continue to wear makeup. Any bruising and swelling will disappear completely within 7-15 days.
Prior to blepharoplasty, the patient is required to undergo blood tests, an electrocardiogram, a chest X-ray and a recommendation from an anaesthetist.