What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty or eye lift is the technique of remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids for a more youthful appearance. There are two types of Blepharoplasty
- Upper : Removal of excess skin, muscle and sometimes fat from the upper or lower eyelids.
- Lower : Lower eyelid surgery can involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid.
Why is Blepharoplasty Performed?
Our skin loses elasticity as we age. Due to the lack of elasticity and the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids. These extra skin can come in the way of your eye and obstruct your vision.
Other medical conditions that may require functional eyelid surgery include:
- Irritation from excess folds of eyelid skin rubbing together.
- Forehead discomfort from overused muscles that strain to lift sagging skin in the eyelid area.
What does surgery entail?
Blepharoplasty can be performed for upper eyelid or lower eyelid or both at the same time.
During surgery, Dr. Sheha will make incisions in the natural folds of the eyelid, in the crease of the upper eyelid and just beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid. This way, incisions are nearly unnoticeable after they have healed.
While you are lying down during blepharoplasty, Dr. Sneha will make precise markings to locate the places from where excess skin and fat pads need to be removed. Some underlying muscles also may be removed.
Sutures or tissue adhesives are carefully applied to smooth and reconfigure areas around the eyebrows and eyelids.
During the procedure, your Dr. Sneha will make judgments about how much skin, muscle and/or fat to remove, based on a preoperative evaluation of factors such as your underlying facial muscle structure, bone structure and the symmetry of your eyebrows.
What is the recovery time?
Recovery time with this surgery is very less. You can join day to day life almost immediately after the surgery. During the first 48 hours following the surgery, you will feel swelling and bruises around eye and on the face.
Most people return to normal activities after seven to 10 days following blepharoplasty. By two weeks after eyelid surgery, the majority of the bruising and swelling will resolve.
What are the potential complications?
Although complications and unwanted results from an eye lift are very rare, still they might occur in some cases in the following forms.
- Dry eyes
- Abnormal coloring of the eyelids
- Eyelid skin that folds in or out abnormally
- Not being able to fully close your eyes
- A pulled-down lower lid lash line
- A possible loss of vision