They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. They’re also a means of non-verbal communication and one of the first things others notice about us. Unfortunately, our eyes are also one of the first areas to show signs of aging.
Wrinkling, sagging, and puffiness can make us look tired and old beyond our years. The good news is that blepharoplasty – or eyelid surgery – is a relatively simple procedure that can take years off our appearance.
Why have eyelid surgery?
As we age, our eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them become weaker. As a result, excess fat can gather around the eyes, dramatically changing our appearance.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures and has an immediate impact on the appearance of the eye area. By addressing the fat pockets, muscles, and skin around the eye, this surgery can give tired eyes a brighter, refreshed look.
The procedure can also benefit more than just our appearance. Drooping eyelids can affect our vision, and excess skin around our eyes can increase our feelings of tiredness. These changes can show up as early as our twenties.
How is blepharoplasty performed?
The best eyelid surgery methods are outpatient procedures. Your surgeon will inject a numbing medication into the eyelids and may also administer an intravenous sedative to help you stay relaxed throughout the surgery.
Most patients undergo surgery on both their upper and lower eyelids. Your orthopedic surgeon will work on the upper eyelids first, cutting along the fold of the lid to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle before stitching it closed.
The lower eyelid will then be cut along the natural crease of the eye or inside the lower lid so that it won’t leave a noticeable scar. Your surgeon will again remove sagging skin and muscle and may also redistribute fat before closing the incision.
What to expect after eyelid surgery
Immediately after blepharoplasty, patients might experience blurred vision, sensitivity to light, watering eyes, numbness, bruising, swelling, and discomfort.
Applying ice packs, using eye drops or ointments prescribed by your surgeon, wearing sunglasses when outdoors, and avoiding smoking, wearing contact lenses, and rubbing the eyes will all help your recovery. Your surgeon will book a second visit a few days after the procedure to remove your stitches.
Most patients are thrilled with the results of eyelid surgery, enjoying a boost in self-confidence and a younger, more rested appearance. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, book a consultation to find out more and assess your suitability.