Eyelid Lift Surgery – Blepharoplasty
Everything you wanted to know about Blepharoplasty.
An eyelid reduction (blepharoplasty) removes the surplus skin and protruding fat to produce a more alert appearance.
Sometimes it is only necessary to reduce the skin, sometimes the skin and the fat.
In a typical eyelid reduction operation incisions lines follow the natural lines of the eyelids.
Common reasons of having Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery.
1. Ageing -skin loses its elasticity and muscles around the eyes slacker with age. For the eyelids this results in an collection of loose skin which collects as folds in the upper lids and forms deepening creases in the lower lids. At the same time there is slackening of the muscle beneath the skin allowing the fat, which cushions the eyes in their sockets, to protrude forward to give the appearance of bagginess.
2. Sometimes so much skin accumulates in the upper lids that it hangs over the eyelashes to obstruct vision. Bags are caused by accumulation fat and with age the skin stretches and the muscles around the eye weaken. Another cause of the drooping of the eyelids is prolonged stress and lack of sleep and severe illness.
3. Asian tendency to uplift the user eyelid thus reduce the fold creating more open looking eye. East Asian blepharoplasty, also known as “double eyelid surgery”, is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped (blepharoplasty). The purpose of the procedure is to create an upper eyelid with a crease.
Important to know
It is important for you to understand that only the wrinkles which are in the skin which is cut away will be removed. We are only treating the eyelids within the bony margin of the orbit .Wrinkles in the area of the crow’s feet will remain and although the skin is much tighter it is still necessary to be able to open and close the eyes freely.
Its very delicate surgery lasting about one to two hours, our surgeon Mr Joffily performs both upper and lower eyelid surgery under general anaesthesia in a hospital.
In a typical procedure the surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids; in the creases of upper lids and just below the lashes in the lower lids. Through this incision surplus fat is removed and excess skin and sagging muscle removed.
Following surgery it would be best to keep your head elevated for a few days to reduce swelling. Cold compresses can also help. The surgeon will normally apply some suture strips or steri-strips as support to the eyelids after surgery and if these become crusted they can be replaced. Cleaning the eyes with water is useful and the surgeon may advise the use of eye drops or ointment.
The sutures are usually removed after 3 to 5 days and soon after you will be able to use make-up. Sometimes you will be advised to use the suture strips or steri-strips as support to the lower eyelids for a week or so.
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