Blepharoplasty is a technique used to remove excess skin and fatty deposits from the upper and lower eyelids. It is also recommended in cases where drooping of the eyelid deforms the shape of the eye and reduces the field of vision.
The procedure for this simple technique depends on whether applied to the upper or the lower lid. For the upper eyelid, fatty deposits are removed and for the lower lid, an incision is made through the conjunctiva, enabling eye muscle function to be preserved (when the orbicularis muscle is weak, a canthopexy should be performed to tighten the outer corner of the eye).
Both procedures are carried out in the operating theatre with local anaesthetic or sedation. Patients having both procedures at the same time will need to remain at the centre for a few hours to enable recovery.
How soon will I see the results?
The results will be visible after 2-3 weeks, once any bruising or swelling from the intervention have gone down. The eyelids will be more open, the eye more visible and a normal field of vision.
Any scars will be virtually invisible as, for the upper lid, they will be in the fold of the lid. For the lower lid, the incision is made through the conjunctiva, so there are no scars, except in cases where the skin has to be cut just below the eyelashes.
We recommend applying eye drops every 4 hours and an antibiotic eye ointment before going to bed. Having 1-3 radio frequency sessions can reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process. Once the stitches have been removed, it is important to massage the area and apply a wound-healing cream.
It is also important to moisturise the area and avoid direct sunlight by wearing large maximum-protection sunglasses.
The eyes themselves will not be affected after surgery since the operation is performed on the outer skin or membrane of the eye. Conjunctivitis can occasionally develop but it can be prevented with eye drops and an antibiotic ointment.
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