Lower Eyelid Lift
Blepharoplasty is surgery for the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. The aim is to the give the eyes a more youthful look by eliminating wrinkled folds of skin and bags under the eyes.
Blepharoplasty is surgery for the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. The aim is to the give the eyes a more youthful look by eliminating wrinkled folds of skin and bags under the eyes. These features make you look older, stressed and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. Expression wrinkles such as crow’s feet and smile lines will not be eliminated with blepharoplasty.
The fatty tissue of the lower eyelids can be removed or repositioned through an incision hidden on the inner surface of the eyelid (Trans-conjunctival) to help fill out the tear trough groove along the lower eyelids that contributes to the dark circle look. If there is excessive skin in the lower lid, an incision is made just below the lashes and extended in to the smile lines
Some patients have eye bags removal as their only procedure, but many patients have it done in combination with other procedures such as upper lid lift and mid-face lift.
The blepharoplasty procedures are well tolerated and produce excellent results with the discomfort being minimal. Usually within a week or two after surgery, many patients are able to resume all normal activities. Blepharoplasty provides improvement to the overall face by helping the patient look more alert, healthy, and well rested.
There are many reasons for having eye bag surgery. The presence of the following features may indicate that you are a good candidate for an eyelid lift:
1. Loose baggy skin along the lower eyelids
2. Eye bags or fat pockets along the lower eyelids
3. Dark circles under the eyes
4. Look tired all the time
Your oculoplastic surgeon will help you decide as to the most suitable option for you. Contact us to book your consultation here
Your initial consultation is extremely important. You should be able to speak freely with your surgeon about your goals and desired outcome. Remember to discuss options such as whether to do all four eye areas or just the upper or lower ones.
Risks of blepharoplasty surgery
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. When a qualified oculoplastic surgeon performs eyelid surgery, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of complications, including infection, scarring etc. Your surgeon will discuss these and other aspects of your surgery in greater detail during your consultation.
Preparing for surgery
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Types of anaesthesia
Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed under twilight local anaesthesia, which numbs the area around your eyes, along with intravenous sedatives. You'll be awake during the surgery, but relaxed and insensitive to pain. Some patients prefer general anaesthesia; in which case, you'll sleep through the operation.
Eye bag removal surgery usually takes two to three hours. The incisions are made below the lashes and may extend into the crow's feet or laugh lines at the outer corners of your eyes. Working through these, the surgeon repositions excess fat, and often trims sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.
If you have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids but don't need to have any skin removed, your surgeon may perform a trans-conjunctival (scar less) blepharoplasty.
After surgery, you will be asked to lubricate your eyes with drops or ointments and may apply a bandage for the first night. Bruising reaches its peak during the first week, and generally lasts anywhere from two weeks to three weeks.
The stitches will be removed a week after surgery.
Getting back to normal
Your surgeon will probably tell you to keep your activities to a minimum for three to five days, and to avoid more strenuous activities for about three weeks. Most people feel ready to go out in public (and back to work) in about 10 days.
The new look
Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery. Eventually, though, they should fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line.