Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a type of surgical procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. This can involve removing excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids to create a more youthful, rested appearance.
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation, and takes about 1-2 hours to complete. The specific surgical technique used will depend on the patient’s individual condition and goals.
During upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelid, and excess skin and fat are removed to create a smoother, more open appearance. During lower eyelid surgery, incisions may be made on the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival incision) or just below the lower lash line, and excess fat and/or skin is removed to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.
After eyelid surgery, the patient may experience some bruising, swelling, and dryness in the eye area. Pain is usually minimal and can be managed with medication. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.
Eyelid surgery can be a highly effective way to improve the appearance of the eyes and enhance overall facial harmony. It is important to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon to determine if surgery is appropriate and which procedure is best for you.