Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that is performed with the goal to improve the appearance of droopy eyelids. As we age, our eyelids may stretch, and the muscles that support our eyes may weaken. The combination of weakened muscles and stretched eyelids can result in droopy upper eyelids, sagging eyebrows and permanent bags beneath our eyes.
In addition to leaving us looking and feeling older than our years, an increase in sagging skin around the eyes can have an impact on our peripheral vision. The blepharoplasty procedure can reduce these vision concerns and leave our eyes looking more alert and youthful.
Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?
- The ideal blepharoplasty candidate has droopy or puffy upper eyelids, and wrinkles or bags beneath the eyes. The procedure can be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids to restore a refreshed, open-eyed look.
- Sometimes, candidates have so much excess skin above their eyes, that it interferes with their peripheral vision. In this case, the surgery also has a large functional purpose, and can positively impact the ease of the patient’s daily life.
- There is no typical age for a blepharoplasty patient, considering the impact that genetics and lifestyle can have on the ageing process of the eyes, however most patients are over 35 years of age.
- This procedure is performed on men and women who are in good overall physical health. Patients should also be non-smokers or be committed to quitting before the procedure is performed.
Many opt to undergo the blepharoplasty procedure at the same time as a brow lift or facelift. This can minimise the recovery time, as the patient can heal from multiple procedures simultaneously.
Are there any risks to consider with a blepharoplasty?
It’s always worth remembering that there are potential risks and complications associated with every type of surgery. Discussing your overall health with your doctor can help to weigh the potential risks against the benefits of the surgery.
Generally speaking, the blepharoplasty procedure is considered to be safe, with minimal complication potential.
Some of the potential risks to the procedure include the following:
- Dry and irritated eyes
- Bleeding and infection
- Noticeable scarring
- Damage to eye muscles
- Temporary loss of eyesight
What to expect after a blepharoplasty procedure?
The surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Once the surgeon has finished working on you, you’ll be sent to recover whilst being observed for complications. Once you are able to stand and walk around freely, you’ll be sent to recover in the comfort of your own home.
There are a number of temporary side effects that can be expected after surgery:
- Blurred vision and watering eyes
- Light sensitivity and double vision
- Swelling and bruising around the eyes
- Discomfort or pain
Be sure to reach out to your doctor if there is excessive bleeding and pain.
What is the recovery like?
Following the guidance of your surgeon will help to ensure that your healing is as smooth and as uncomplicated as is possible.
Your doctor may suggest using ice packs to minimise swelling. Be sure to use any prescribed ointments on your eyes. Most can return to a normal routine within a week, but strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided until you receive the all clear from your surgeon.
It’s important to avoid rubbing your eyes or exposing the delicate healing skin of your eyelids to the sun and the wind. Sunglasses and a hat should be worn to protect your eyes.
The blepharoplasty procedure can result in a refreshed and more youthful look. Combined with other procedures, you’ll be able to turn back the hands of time and improve your self-confidence.