As we grow older, the muscles and skin surrounding the eyelids can become baggy and loose and this tends to make us look tired and older. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, can help to alleviate this problem and can give a more youthful look and may also help patients to see better.
This eyelid surgery can be performed on either the upper lids or the lower lids or both. The excess upper eyelid skin, which gives patients a hooded eye look, is removed and because the sutures are in the crease of the eyelid, the scar is generally not visible when the eye is open. The excess loose skin and fat under the lower eyelids is removed during the eyelid surgery by an incision on the inside of the eye so there is not visible scar.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is generally performed under local anaesthesia but may be done under a light sedation if the patient so desires. The eyelid surgery takes approximately 1 hour for both upper and lower eyelids on both eyes. No strenuous exercise should be undertaken for about a week following the eyelid surgery and the eyelids tend to be bruised for a few days post-surgery. The sutures are usually removed within 3-5 days and patients generally return to work after one week. Make-up may be worn should bruising still be visible.