Beautiful eyes connote beautiful face. But nothing ages a face than our eyes. As we get older, lower eye bags and hooding of the upper eyelid develop. These tend to make us look older and tired and worse, may even interfere with our vision. An Eye Lid Surgery or Blepharoplasty is the solution to this problem. This procedure is a series of various operations for reshaping the eyelids to solve aesthetic and vision problems. It involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle from around the eyes to correct droopy eyelids, protruding eye bags of the lower eyelids. It can also create an upper eyelid fold (to westernize slit eyes). The upper eyelids is what affects those who are slit-eyed or where the ‘drooping eye’ effect begins. This is also the part where excessive skin becomes most severe, forming a heavy fold that drops over the normal lid crease over the upper eyelid itself. In some patients, the curtain of the skin from the upper eyelid may be partially due to sagging of the eyebrow. Then, it may be necessary to advise elevation of these structures and also the upper eyelid facial procedure is performed. Through slit eye surgery, slits are enhanced wherein folds are formed that can make it easier to put on make-up, as in the case of females. Eye bags form in the lower eyelids. It is caused by extruded fat from the eyeball cavity and produces that very old and tired look in the face. Eyebag removal surgery is recommended when one reaches middle age. But if droopy and baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
The length of surgery is about 30 to 45 minutes per eyelid under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Incision area is placed in a natural skin folds and usually barely visible. This surgery causes mild discomfort but it is easily controlled with oral medication.
For the first few days, it is normal to experience intermittent flow of tears; slight blurring of vision or a sandy feeling in the eyes.Eyedrops is recommended. Some bruising or swelling is unavoidable, but it will disappear within one to two weeks. The stitches are removed 5 to 7 days after the surgery. For the first few weeks, scar lines will be a little red, slightly irregular and bumpy, but these will be resolved over a period of time. Routinely activities can be resumed within two days. You can go back to work within seven days. Wearing dark glasses can help hide traces of bruising or swelling.