Blepharoplasty is an upper or lower eyelid surgery performed to correct bags around the eyes caused by excess skin, fat bags, muscle flaccidity and certain wrinkles or “crow’s feet” in the eyelid region. It improves the appearance of the eyes and gives rest and freshness.
It is a cosmetic surgery that also improves the field of vision when the flaccid eyelid covers part of the eye.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that corrects drooping upper eyelids and bags in the lower eyelids through a surgical process. Upper eyelid surgery consists of removing excess skin and sometimes repositioning fat from the eyelid that makes it look droopy due to aging. It results in a rested and rejuvenated look.
A lower blepharoplasty consists of correcting the fat bags of the lower eyelid, as well as correcting folds and wrinkles and even improves the furrow of the dark circles under the eyes, restoring freshness to the look.
After a blepharoplasty is very important to know that you may have some of the following symptoms. You should not panic because they are normal in the early days. Fortunately they do not occur in all patients.
– Blurred vision
– Watery eyes
– Sensitivity to light
– Double vision
– Swollen eyelids
– May have bruising
Individuals should understand that blepharoplasty is performed exclusively to remove bags under the eyes, correct puffy upper eyelids and restore obstructed vision due to excess skin and fat in the eyelids.
The presence of some ophthalmologic and medical conditions may prevent the performance of this eyelid correction surgery.
Regarding who is a candidate for blepharoplasty, the ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are those who are looking for improvement rather than absolute perfection in their appearance.
In general, patients who request this type of intervention are usually older than 35 years, except in exceptional cases of younger people with a clear tendency to develop eye bags.
After lower blepharoplasty, the appearance and personal image improve considerably, without suffering drastic changes in appearance and without looking like another person.
After verifying that the patient meets the minimum requirements, the fact of having one or more of the following problems may show that it is a good candidate for this type of intervention:
- Excess skin that obscures the natural crease of the upper eyelid.
- Skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, in some cases making it difficult to see.
- A puffy appearance in the upper eyelids, giving the appearance of tiredness, excess skin and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids.
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes or drooping lower eyelids.
In the upper eyelids the incisions are hidden in the natural folds of the eyelids. In the lower eyelids they are placed under the eyelashes or more frequently inside the eyelashes (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).
The operation is performed under general or local anesthesia and takes about 1 hour.
It is an outpatient surgery, so a couple of hours later you will be able to go home with a light bandage over your eyelids and simple instructions to follow.
After 1 week you will be able to resume your activities taking precautionary measures. The results of your surgery will gradually appear as the swelling and some mild bruising decrease, giving way to a well-defined eyelid and a rejuvenated periocular region.
Hospitalization: Ambulatory, no hospitalization required.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation
Surgery Time: 1 Hour
Resting Time: 7 days