As we age, our skin slowly loses its elasticity. This causes the tissue of the lower and upper eyelids to sag, leading to many issues, including undereye bags, puffy eyelids, and wrinkles. The fat responsible for cushioning the eyeball from the skull can lead to bulges in the lower eyelids. This fat is actually held by a thin membrane, which can weaken with age, prompting the fat to deposit itself into the lids. Sagging upper eyelids can also impair a person’s vision. All these issues can be corrected with blepharoplasty surgery.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or an eye lift, helps to reduce undereye bags. It is also performed to remove excess tissue from the upper eyelids, which not only helps improve facial aesthetics but can also improve the patient’s line of sight.

Ideal Candidates

Undereye bags can make you look old and tired. This can potentially take away your self-confidence and self-esteem. You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty surgery if you want to correct undereye bags and regain your self-esteem and confidence.

If there is excess skin that is covering your upper eyelids’ natural fold and impairing your vision, blepharoplasty may be the perfect solution. Apart from aging, everyday stress can also eventually take a toll on your eyes and cause your eyes to look puffy and create undereye bags. Young people who have this issue can get eyelid surgery to retain their youthful look.

Preparation for This Procedure

During your initial consultation with your surgeon, they will examine your eye region and will let you know whether blepharoplasty is a viable option for you. They will also tell you how it may be able to enhance your appearance.

Your surgeon will take your medical history and ask you whether you have any present medical conditions or whether you have undergone any surgical procedures in the past. You may ask all the questions you have about the procedure during this time.

Giving up smoking six weeks prior to the surgery will help to promote faster healing after the procedure. You will be asked to avoid taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, vitamin tablets, and homeopathic medicines; this is to prevent excessive bleeding. It is also important that you stay hydrated before and after the surgery.

The Eyelid Lift Procedure

Blepharoplasty usually takes an hour or two to complete. Your surgeon will first decide how much muscle, fat, and/or skin needs to be removed. You will be given local anesthesia along with IV sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

After making the incisions – within the natural fold in the case of your upper eyelids and usually just below the lower lashes in the case of the lower eyelids – excess fat/skin/muscle will be removed through them. Sometimes, the fat will be redistributed in order to eliminate bulges or puffiness in the lower eyelids. Once the issue is corrected, the incisions will be closed with small stitches or tissue adhesives.

The Recovery Process

You will be able to go home the same day as the procedure. However, it is imperative that you don’t drive. Instead, make sure a family member or friend is free to drive you home. Swelling and bruising are common and only temporary; within a week or two, your eyelids will look normal.

If you experience dry eyes or bleeding, contact your doctor immediately. Pain is very minimal, and you will be prescribed pain relievers as needed. The stitches will be removed after a week or two.

Make an Appointment for a Consultation

Your eyes and the region around your eyes play an important role in the overall aesthetic of your face. Thousands of people undergo blepharoplasty every year and a large percentage of them are more than satisfied with the results. The results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting.

To find out more about this revitalizing procedure, contact London Bridge Plastic Surgery and arrange your consultation.