Eyelid Surgery Explained
|Removal of bulging fat and wrinkles from around the eyelids enhances facial appearance by removing the tired and ‘worn-out’ look. Droopy eyelids are caused by excessive skin. By surgically reducing this droop, vision can be enhanced by opening up the lateral visual field. The best candidates are men and women aged from 40 to 60.
Asian patients seek blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for a different reason. One third of them do not have an upper lid fold. The surgical technique of ‘double eyelid operation’ produces a fold, which is regarded as more attractive in the Asian population. This fold, however, is lower than in their Caucasian counterparts. Traditional surgery and lasers are used to excise the skin and fat. When appropriately placed, by either technique, the incisions are imperceptible.
|The patient can expect their new eyelids to be bruised for seven to 10 days, so time off work for a week is usually necessary. Their eyes may feel more dry than usual for several weeks, so lubricating drops might be needed.
Sometimes eyelid surgery is combined with other procedures including facelift, browlift and skin resurfacing.
An experienced surgeon can judge whether blepharoplasty alone or in combination with other procedures will meet the patient’s expectations.
Often blepharoplasty is the first cosmetic procedure to be sought after by a patient and hence apprehension needs to be overcome. Fortunately, as previously stated, in a healthy non-smoker, risks such as bleeding and infection are most uncommon. acsm