Eyelid surgery – known as Blepharoplasty – is one of the most popular types of cosmetic and functional surgeries to correct hooded, sagging, bulging and tired-looking eyes. As we grow older, the skin loses its natural elasticity, causing the gradual emergence of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging, particularly around the eyes. This can give the eyes an older, tired, and even hooded or bulging appearance that understandably makes people feel self-conscious. During a short operation, of between one to three hours, excess tissue is removed such as skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids to create a younger, more attractive aesthetic.
By making an incision along the natural skin lines of the eyelid, it is possible to cut away skin and fat tissues and leave only fine, discreet scars along the natural skin crease of the eye. Upper eyelids that have a lot of excess skin can cause functional problems to the eye by causing a loss of peripheral vision, especially in the outer and upper parts of the visual field. Lower eyelid surgery helps diminish those lower eyelid ‘bags’ and excess skin. Depending on the type of surgery, the incision may be along the lower eyelid lash line or from the inside surface of the lower eyelid to avoid leaving an externally visible scar. Initial bruising and swelling resolving in as little as one to two weeks, however, the final outcome of the surgery may not be seen for several weeks.
Blepharoplasty restores your field of vision, as well as the natural beauty of the eye. By removing excess skin and fat, the eyelid will appear smoother and better defined, giving a more youthful appearance while often improving peripheral vision and eye lid fatigue. External skin resurfacing with a chemical peel or laser treatment may be possible at the same time as surgery to increase the rate of healing and improve the appearance of your skin.
Over time, the upper eyelid can look heavy and hooded with excess skin whilst the lower eyelid can appear tired with prominent dark circles, puffiness with lines, and wrinkles.
What to expect: Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the excess skin and fat that commonly causes tired looking eyes. The operation takes approximately one to three hours depending on whether the upper and lower eyelids are treated. Initial bruising and swelling should resolve in as little as one to two weeks with results best seen several weeks after surgery.
Also good for: Droopy upper eyelids, puffy upper eyelids, lower eyelids lines and wrinkles.
Alternative treatments: Ultherapy can be used in conjunction with Blepharoplasty to tighten and lift the eyebrow and skin surrounding the eyelids. For a temporary noninvasive remedy, hyaluronic acid fillers and laser can also be an option.