Blepharoplasty is the term for surgery to minimise bags and wrinkles around the eyes and/or correct drooping upper lids. The procedure involves the removal of fat and excess skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids.
For the upper blepharoplasty an area of excess skin and muscle is excised from the upper eyelids. We usually also excise a small amount of excess fat. The skin is closed with a running stitch which is removed one week later.
For the lower blepharoplasty an incision is made directly below the eyelashes. This gives exposure to the muscles of the lower eyelid which can be tightened if required. Usually a small amount of fat is excised along with any excess skin before the wound is closed with a running stitch which is removed one week later.
We usually opt to remove only small amounts of fat as excessive removal often leads to hollowing of the eyes which detracts from the results.
The upper blepharoplasty can usually be performed in out procedure room under local anaesthetic. The lower blepharoplasty however is performed in hospital under general anaesthetic as a day case or with an overnight stay.
We will review your recovery in rooms 5-7 days post surgery. At this time any surface stitches will be removed. A return to work is usually possible after 7-10 days. Bruising and swelling for up to 3 weeks can be expected.
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