Blepharoplasty, also commonly known as an eyelift or saggy eyelid treatment, is a cosmetic surgery that repairs droopy eyelids and puffiness.

Blepharoplasty involves removing excess skin and fat and also tightens the muscle around the eye area. It is mostly performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids—either the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both.

Droopy eyelids is the excess sagging of the upper eyelid. The edge of the upper eyelid may be lower than it is meant to be – in which case the condition is called ptosis or sometimes, there may be excess baggy skin in the upper eyelid – which is known as dermatochalasis. Droopy eyelids can sometimes be a combination of both.

Droopy eyelids may occur owing to a number of reasons such as the weakening of the muscles that raise the eyelid, damage to nerves that control those muscles, skin loosening on the eyelid, normal aging process, any trauma or injury sustained near the eye. If not treated on time, this condition can worsen. People suffering from droopy eyelids may view this as impairing their physical appearance, which in turn can affect their psychological well-being. Eyelid surgery can help combat this psychological distress by rejuvenating the face, and aesthetically improving the eyebrow and cheek areas.

Are you the right candidate for Blepharoplasty? 

You can consider eyelid surgery if you have:

  • Baggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin on the upper or lower eyelid
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Intense dry eyes

What are the different types of eyelid surgery?

There are two types of treatments to address saggy eyelids:

  • Upper Blepharoplasty: A small incision is made along the upper crease of the eyelid (so as to minimise any scarring) from where excess fat, tissue and muscle is removed. Post which the incision is sealed off with tiny stitches.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty: The surgeon will make an inconspicuous incision along the lash line (again, to minimise any visible scarring). Excess fat, skin and muscle which lends to the bagginess is then removed.

What to expect during a Blepharoplasty procedure?

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a simple procedure that usually takes around 1 hour. The procedure is performed with local anaesthesia or with sedation. Small incisions are made around natural skin creases and folds in the upper and lower eyelids. After this, any excess fat and skin present on the eyelid area are removed and fine sutures are placed to close the gaps.

Pre-care

During the consultation, our expert surgeon will discuss different aspects pertaining to the saggy eyelid treatment. Your consultation will cover:

  • Discussion about why you have opted for eyelid surgery and what your goals are in relation to the procedure
  • Understanding your medical history
  • Evaluating your health status
  • The options available for your eyelid surgery
  • An examination of the area to be treated, followed by taking measurements and photographs for record purposes
  • Explanation of the steps involved, risks and potential complications

A few points to note include:

  • Instructions around medicines that you are using. For example, you may have to stop taking Vitamin E completely as it can interfere with your body’s blood clotting ability.
  • If you are a smoker, it is advisable to avoid smoking before and after the surgery for better and faster recovery.
  • Please ensure that you follow a healthy, balanced diet prior to the procedure to promote the best outcome of your surgery.

Post-care

  • Post-surgery, you might experience some pain and discomfort. Your surgeon will share and explain a pain management plan, which will cover your medication.
  • You might experience black eyes, bruising and swelling that will last up to 2 weeks.
  • The sutures will be removed 5-7 days after the surgery. After this, you will be able to wear makeup.
  • It is recommended that you should not drive for at least 7 days after the surgery.
  • Contact lenses must be avoided for two week post-surgery.
  • Blepharoplasty surgery has long-lasting results. To ensure the longevity of the results you should maintain a balanced healthy diet, avoid smoking and excessive exposure to the sun and embark on a good skincare routine.

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