Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a common cosmetic surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of drooping or sagging eyelids. It can also relieve any issues caused by excess skin around the eyes.
It’s a relatively simple and minor procedure, but many people are understandably nervous about having surgery near their eyes.
The skin around our eyes and eyelids might become droopy or saggy as we get older. This results in eye bags or heavy, hooded eyes.
Some people may have pockets of extra fat around their eyes, which can result in droopy eyelids and a fatigued appearance. Excess skin around the eyes can also be caused by long-term allergies or infections that stretch the skin, as well as smoking or prolonged sun exposure.
Excess skin can be thick at times, making it difficult to open the eyes, which can impair eyesight. Some folks simply dislike the appearance of their drooping eyes. In any case, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to remove extra skin or fat can benefit, whether medically or cosmetically or both.
A blepharoplasty can be carried out under a local anesthetic alongside a sedation. This means that your eyelids will be numbed and although you’ll be awake, you’ll feel relaxed and drowsy.
It can also be carried out under a general anesthetic where you’re asleep for the whole procedure.
Depending on whether you’re having upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or both, a blepharoplasty involves your surgeon removing the excess tissue that is making your eyelids appear heavy, tired, or droopy.
You may be given pain relievers to take when the anesthetic wears off, and you may be given eye pads to wear for a short while to help with bruising.
In the weeks following surgery, you will be given detailed instructions on how to clean and care for your eyes. Your surgeon may also prescribe antibiotic cream to use while your wounds heal to help avoid infection. The swelling and bruises will usually go away after a week, but the full benefits of eyelid surgery may take up to six months to show.