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Blepharoplasty

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Why would I need blepharoplasty?

As we get older, the skin around our eyes weakens and can cause our eyelids to droop and sag, which can pose problems to vision and give us a more aged appearance.

What symptoms does blepharoplasty address?

After undergoing blepharoplasty, patients generally find that the skin around their eyes appears tighter and more youthful. If the sagging skin was causing problems to your peripheral vision, you often find that this is corrected after the procedure.

When should you speak to a specialist about blepharoplasty?

If your eyelids are droopy or sagging to the point where it’s difficult to open your eyes fully or it’s pulling your lower lids down, you might consider speaking to a specialist about bletharoplasty.

You might also consider blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons and if you feel uncomfortable about the appearance of your eyelids.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

Depending on the nature of the procedure, blepharoplasty takes approximately one to two hours and can be done under either a general or local anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will make an incision in either the top or bottom eyelid and remove excess skin or fat. The incision will then be closed up with stitches, which may or may not be dissolvable.

What is the recovery for blepharoplasty?

After blepharoplasty, it is normal to experience blurred vision and general irritation in the eyes, but these symptoms should fade within a few days.

You should not drive for a few days after your surgery, or until your vision has totally returned to normal.

If your stitches are not dissolvable, you will have to return to hospital within a few days to have your stitches removed.

You and your surgeon will discuss specific details of your recovery and any necessary steps that you should take prior to the operation.

Are there any risks/complications associated with blepharoplasty?

As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist or surgeon about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.

The chance of complications after blepharoplasty is low, but they can occur. Some risks and complications that have been associated with the procedure are:

  • Too much skin is removed
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Bleeding into your eye socket
  • Double vision or blurriness
  • Injury to your eye muscles
  • Lower eyelid drooping away from your eye
  • Cosmetic problems (including scarring or appearing asymmetrical)
  • Blindness (very rarely)

How can I prepare for blepharoplasty?

You should discuss the specific preparations that you should make prior to surgery with your surgeon, as they can vary from person to person.

In a meeting with your surgeon before your operation, you will likely be asked questions regarding:

  • Your medical history
  • The expectations that you have for your surgery and its outcomes

Your surgeon will likely carry out the following:

  • A physical test
  • A vision test
  • Eyelid photography

Are there alternatives for blepharoplasty?

There are alternative options to help reduce the appearance of droopy or sagging eyelids, including:

  • Laser surgery
  • Injection of muscle relaxants
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