Consultant plastic surgeon Mr Mansoor Khan dissects the blepharoplasty procedure A blepharoplasty procedure, done well, is the best anti-ageing procedure in my opinion. It completely refreshes the look ...READ MORE ...
• Eyelid Surgery
• Eyelid Rejuvenation
• Eye Bag Removal
Who Does It?
What is Blepharoplasty?
* Blepharoplasty refers to surgery of the eyelids - either upper or lower.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is usually performed to counter drooping or ‘hooded' eyelids and reduce wrinkles, whilst a lower blepharoplasty is aimed at removing those pesky eye bags.
Who is suitable for Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is usually carried out on those aged 35 and over, but both hooded eyes and eye bags can be down to genetics, rather than ageing, so don't rule yourself out if you are younger.
There are a few conditions that mean blepharoplasty isn't an option, or at least increase the chances of complications, such as glaucoma, diabetes or dry eyes.
A thorough consultation with a surgeon should reveal whether you are a suitable candidate.
What's a Blepharoplasty like?
That all depends on what sort of blepharoplasty you plump for.
In an upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes a cut in the natural crease of the eyelid and in the crinkles at the corners of your eyes.
For surgery on the lower lids, the incision is made just below the lash line and extends out to the crows' feet. Excess fat and skin is removed and muscles are tightened before the cut is closed with very fine stitches.
A lot of surgeons these days prefer to use a laser instead of a scalpel to make the cuts - look out for ‘laser blepharoplasty' on clinic websites - as this cauterises blood vessels, which minimises the amount of bleeding and associated problems.
Surgery usually takes between one and three hours, depending on what you decide to have done - you can have both an upper and lower blepharoplasty in one go, if you wish.
What happens after a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty tends to be performed under general anaesthetic, so you'll need to rest until the effects have worn off - usually about 24 hours.
There will also be some bruising and swelling in the treated area, which will last for around two weeks but you should be able to resume normal life after about a week - although you may want to pre-warn your colleagues, or purchase some big sunglasses!
Will I have a scar following a Blapharoplasty?
There will be scars, but because the incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye, these are usually fairly well hidden.