Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
The procedure is typically performed on individuals who have excess skin or bags under their eyes that make them look tired, older, or unhappy. In some cases, excess skin on the upper eyelids can even obstruct vision, making blepharoplasty a functional as well as cosmetic procedure.
The surgery typically involves making incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize scarring. Excess skin, fat, and muscle are then removed or repositioned to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.
After the surgery, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with medication and ice packs. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within 7-10 days, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks.
Blepharoplasty is a common and relatively safe procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, and changes in vision. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified surgeon before deciding to undergo blepharoplasty.