Eyelid rejuvenation surgery, like rhinoplasty, is an operation that produces a permanent change holding up extremely well to the ravages of time. In the world of facial rejuvenation, and perhaps aesthetic surgery in general, blepharoplasty is definitely the biggest ‘bang for the buck.’Most people, as they get older, develop a redundancy of eyelid skin that may produce hooding in the upper lids and wrinkles in the lower. In addition, the fat that normally surrounds and cushions the eyeball can bulge as the retaining tissues become lax, producing ‘fat pads’ in both the upper and lower eyelids. The effect is that the individual begins to look older and somewhat tired, even when fully awake.The pattern is not the same for everyone and in addition there are other problems that frequently co-exist. For instance, the patient may have ptosis where the upper lid hangs lower than it should. This is commonly the result of the eye-opening muscle becoming stretched. Ptosis may interfere with vision when the upper lid cannot be elevated above the pupil. Here the individual looks half asleep, though is often said to have ‘bedroom eyes.’ The basic blepharoplasty will not correct this: it must be combined with a specific ptosis operation.
Other problems include dry eye, lax lower lid, ectropion where the lower eyelid turns out – hanging away from the eyeball; and entropion, where it turns inwards rubbing the eyelashes uncomfortably against it. These problems, too, must be considered and addressed at the time of surgery.
The permutations and solutions are complex and serve to underline the fact that the surgical plan must be tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Like most plastic surgery procedures, there is no such thing as one operation fitting all.
At your initial consultation, I will take a detailed history and perform a thorough examination with the object of diagnosing your specific problems determining what combination of procedures would best address them and ensuring that any pre-existing medical conditions may be appropriately managed to minimize risk at the time of surgery. You will have ample time to ask questions and discuss your options in a professional yet friendly environment. Blepharoplasty is usually carried out with the patient awake, but under sedation so that he or she can co-operate with eyelid positioning. No bandages are worn after the same-day surgery and the sutures are removed in a week. Bruising has usually cleared by two.
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As people age, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat accumulates around the eyes, causing “bags” above and below.
After surgery, the upper eyelids no longer droop and the skin under the eyes is smooth and firm.