Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
What is a Blepharoplasty?
An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty is a
surgical procedure to remove skin and sometimes muscle and fat from the upper
and/or lower eyelids.
Upper lid blepharoplasty is performed
through an incision in the upper eyelid crease. Excess skin, muscle and fat are
removed as required and then a fine suture is used to close the skin and
removed at 5 days.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is performed
either through a skin incision just below the eyelashes or through an incision
on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival approach). The type of
approach depends on the individual patient.
Why is Blepharoplasy performed?
Blepharoplasty is performed to improve the
appearance of ‘baggy’ eyes that have excess skin and a heavy appearance. It can
be performed as a cosmetic procedure to improve someone’s appearance.
Sometimes a person has so much excess skin
that it hangs over the eyes and impairs the vision. In this case it may be
possible to have the surgery paid for by your insurance provider.
What does the procedure involve?
Blepharoplasty is often performed under
local anaesthetic with sedation. In some cases it is performed under general
The amount of bruising can vary following
the surgery but you should expect some bruising, which could last for
approximately 10 days.
The doctor will give you a detailed
explanation of what to expect after the surgery.
Keywords: eyelid surgery, eyelid lift,