Blepharoplasty

A blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes anything that makes an eye look tired or swollen. The surgery makes the eyelid look younger and smoother.

The surgery corrects wrinkles in the upper eyelid, bags under the eyes, or droopy eyelids. This procedure can also help improve one’s vision by removing things that hinder one’s vision. In addition to the pre-surgery evaluation, every candidate must also undergo a comprehensive eye exam, which includes a visual field test, a visual acuity test, an intraocular pressure test, check-up of the base of the eye and dryness.

It is important to avoid smoking and certain medication at least two weeks before the surgery.

Prior to surgery, the patient will receive either local or general anesthesia. The surgery starts with the upper eyelid and then moves down to the lower eyelid. In both areas, excess skin and fat pockets will be removed. The incisions are done in the base skin folds and follow the patient’s natural base line.

After surgery, an antibiotic cream will be administered to the patient and the eye area will be iced for a few hours. Post-operation pain is treated with medication. After the surgery, there is generally some swelling and hemorrhaging that will go away after a few days. After a few weeks, the scars are no longer visible. Stitches are taken out the first week after surgery.

Light wrinkles near the eyelids can be removed by laser or chemical polishing.

Blepharoplasty makes the eye look young again, and makes opening the eye easier, as the heaviness disappears.

Possible complications:
Scarring, blindness, the eyelid being pulled down (can be fixed by muscular manipulation. In severe cases, can be fixed with skin graft)