Blepharoplasty (more commonly known as eyelid surgery or eyelid lift) is a surgical procedure that tightens or removes excess sagging skin around the eyes, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Because of age, and sometimes other conditions, the excess of skin in the upper eyelid can give a sad or tired look, which can go to even hinder the opening of the eyes. Blepharoplasty can remedy this condition by removing the excess skin and the bags underneath the eyes.
You will have an initial consultation with your surgeon, where you can discuss the results you would like to achieve. You will also have an initial examination, hear the doctors recommendations and answer any questions you may have.
During the surgery the excess skin will be removed by a fine incision made in the fold of the eyelid, which makes the scar almost invisible. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is undertaken under local anaesthesia.
Day of the surgery: You will be monitored and cared for in the Summit Clinic until you are ready to go home. Once home you should rest your eyes as much as possible. Make sure medications are within easy reach and have ice-packs available to put over your eyes to reduce swelling.
First week: The threads will be removed after 2 to 7 days, and your eyes might be irritated and sore for a few days and have more tears than usual. Eye drops might be necessary to keep the eyes from drying out. Activities such as reading, watching TV, wearing contacts and using a computer should be very limited to avoid further dryness in the eyes.
Second week: You might still have bruising for up to 8 to 10 days, but you should feel well enough to resume normal activities after about 10 days. Dark sunglasses are recommended to protect your eyes from irritation caused by the sun and wind.
Three to four weeks: Any activities that increase blood flow to the eyes such as bending, lifting, sports and even crying should still be avoided.
One to two months: You will look and feel great! The swelling and bruising should be gone and the scars will be healing and not be very noticeable. You will be able to get back to your activity level as it was before the surgery.
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