• Blepharoplasty

    Eyelid Sugery or Upper Blepharoplasty

    Eyelid surgery is a relatively simple procedure of removing fat deposits and loose skin that forms around the upper eyelids due to gravity and the natural aging process. Upper blepharoplasty can take years off the appearance of the face that can also be done together with other facial procedures such as brow lift and face lift. In addition to giving you a fresher and more youthful look, eyelid surgery can also benefit those patients whose upper lids have sagged low enough to reduce their field of vision

    Ideal candidates for Upper Blepharoplasty

    The best candidates for this procedure are people who are physically healthy, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations.

    Age may also matter since some surgeons prefer to perform this procedure to people age 18 and above. You are also a good candidate if you do not suffer from ophthalmic conditions such as glaucoma or detached retina and no known medical conditions such as high blood pressure, circulatory problems, hypothyroidism or other thyroid related conditions.

    Possible risks and complications

    Since upper blepharoplasty is a simple procedure, complications and risks are infrequent and usually minor especially when done by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. As with any surgical procedure, however, there is always a possibility of infection, or reaction to the anesthesia. However, if you have any other medical conditions that might affect the outcome of this surgery, you can always discuss that with your surgeon.

    The Procedure

    Upper eyelid surgery lasts for about an hour or two. During the surgery your cosmetic surgeon trims away any excess skin that is blocking your vision or contributing to a droopy or tired appearance. The skin is lifted and tightened and the incisions are carefully closed.

    You can have this procedure under a local anesthesia though general anesthesia may also be used if requested.  The external incisions are made in the crease of the upper eyelid to minimize visible scarring. Excess fat and skin are trimmed away to smooth the skin. In some cases, the muscles are repositioned as well. The skin is then closed with very fine sutures.

    The Recovery Process and Your New Look

    After the surgery, your surgeon will lubricate your eyes with ointment to reduce dryness. The incisions might become red and bumpy but will eventually become flat and inconspicuous. The stitches will be removed sometime within the first week.You might experience swelling and your vision might be a bit blurry but everything will subside and you will feel better each day.

    For the first few weeks, avoid strenuous activities that might stretch the incisions. Also avoid activities that dry the eyes such as watching TV, reading, wearing contact lenses and using a computer. Avoid excessive blinking as well as it can increase swelling.

    The scars may remain slightly pink for the next six months but would eventually turn to almost invisible white line. Your youthful look after your upper blepharoplasty usually last for long. The removal of fat is permanent but the formation of wrinkles and lines are inevitable. But even though the natural aging process continues, many patients were happy for many years after they have decided to undergo this procedure.