Blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that is done to repair droopy and saggy eyelids. The lower part of the eyes has excess skin and is filled with fat. Therefore, excess fat is what needs to be removed through a surgery called blepharoplasty. It not only makes one look aged but may also affect vision.
This blepharoplasty surgery can help eliminate or reduce sagginess and make your eyes look younger and free you from vision problems.
Why is it done?
Blepharoplasty surgery is necessary for people who due to droopy eyelids suffer from visionary problems. The surgery can help remove the excess fat tissues from the upper eyelids thereby improving vision.
Blepharoplasty is an option for people who have:
- Excess skin on the upper eyelids
- Excess fat interfering with peripheral vision
- Droopy eyelids and bags under the eyes
- Excess skin on the lower eyelids
Every surgery comes with certain risks associated with it. But not every individual will have the risks and side effects of the surgery. Following are some common risks of eyelid surgery:
- Infection and bleeding
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
- Noticeable scarring
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin discoloration
- The need for a follow-up surgery
- Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
- Risks associated with surgery in general, including reaction to anesthesia and blood clots
Preparing for the surgery
Before the procedure
- Before checking in for the blepharoplasty, you will consult with a plastic surgeon and an eye specialist who is an expert in eye surgeries
- Submit all your medical history and provide honest answers to your doctor’s questions and inform about all your allergies and all supplement you take beforehand
- A physical examination, A vision examination, and eyelid photography will be taken in order to assess and plan the surgery
During the procedure
Depending on the position where the patient requires surgery, the doctor will cut along the fold of that eyelid. If for example surgery is required on the upper and lower eyelids the surgeon will start working on the upper lid first and then go ahead with the lower eyelid. All excess fat, muscles, and sagging skin is removed and the cut is closed
After the procedure
After surgery, the patient is asked to take some time to recover in the hospital so that the doctors are also able to analyze and monitor for any side effects or complications.
Take-away from the surgery
Once the surgery is completed there are a few temporary things that a patient might experience.
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to lights
- Blurry vision
- Puffy and numb eyelids
- Pain and discomfort
- Bruising and swelling from the surgery