Cosmetic eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty is done to enhance the appearance of upper eyelids, lower eyelids or the both. Your eyes reveal how you feel more than any other facial feature. If you believe that your eyes make you look tired, sad or older than you feel, cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may be the right choice for you. Eyelid surgery can remove the excess fat and drooping skin of the upper eyelids, minimize bags under the eyes and tighten the lower eyelid skin. The result is a more alert, relaxed and confident appearance.
Eyelid surgery needs to be approached with extra caution if you have - thyroid problems, lower eyelids that droop significantly and have scleral show, eye problems - such as "dry eye", glaucoma or retinal problems, high blood pressure or other circulatory problems, cardiovascular disease or diabetes. It is important that you inform your plastic surgeon if you have any of these problems.
After surgery you will experience bruising and swelling (the amount and duration varies from person to person). You will be advised to rest with your head elevated and to apply cold compresses to minimize swelling. Although everyone heals at different rate, your recovery may be as follows:
The sweling and bruising around the eyes will reach its peak in 2 days and then gradually subside. Initially, you may experience excess tears or dryness, itching or light sensitivity (temporary). Stitches will be removed by the 7th post operative day . You may resume routine nonstrenous activities within one week.you may resume exercises and wearing contact lenses after several weeks.
Result of Blepharoplasty
Most traces of surgery will disappear after few weeks. However, the skin around the eye must be treated with extra care for several months i.e. wear sunblocks and darkly tinted sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and sun.
Friends may tell you that you appear happier or more rested, without realizing that you had an eyelid surgery.
The results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting. However, keep in mind that your face will continue to age.
Possible risks and compications
You may have a detailed discussion about this during your personal consultation. Some of the possible complications include - anaesthesia related complications, swelling & bruising (temporary), excessive watering from eyes or dry eyes, asymmetry, eyelid malposition etc.