Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
An incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin and protruding fat are removed and the skin edges are closed with fine dissolving stitches. A very fine scar is initially visible, however this usually fades over time and is normally hidden in the eyelid crease.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
The technique for the lower eyelid Blepharoplasty is different for both scalpel and laser. The scalpel method involves an incision along the lower eyelid margin, then excess skin and fat are removed and the skin edges are closed with fine stitches. However, this technique sometimes drags down the lower eyelid and can give an unusual appearance.
Laser blepharoplasty of the lower eyelid has the advantage of having no skin incisions or stitches. Excess fat is removed through the inside surface of the lower eyelid removing any long-term outward signs of the procedure. Loose skin, wrinkles or crow’s feet beneath the eye may also be improved effectively by resurfacing the area with a laser.
As each of us is different, there are many options that can be tailored to suit each person and their individual concerns and needs.
The Recovery Process for Blepharoplasty
Your eyes may be swollen and/or bruised for one to four weeks after the procedure. Normal activities are usually resumed after this time; however this is usually dependant on the person, their work and social commitments. Stitches in the upper eyelid are removed five to seven days after the procedure and eye makeup can usually be applied carefully after two to three weeks.
Risks and complications of blepharoplasty
Significant complications from blepharoplasty are infrequent although may occur as with any other medical procedure. Each year, many people undergo successful eyelid surgery and usually experience no major problems.