Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is an effective, common procedure to remove excess skin and fat from around the eyes. This surgery can be used as an eye lift to correct hooded or drooping upper eyelids (ptosis), and improve appearance and vision. In children with ptosis, eyelid surgery may be needed to prevent lazy eye (amblyopia).
Blepharoplasty can also be used to remove lower eyelid bags (baggy eyes) and reduce the appearance of dark circles and to improve vision. In some cases, a blepharoplasty may involve both types of surgery.
Before the treatment
At Circle Health hospitals, a blepharoplasty can be carried out as a day case procedure, under a local anaesthetic by a leading eye surgeon who specialises in this area. General anaesthetic may be used in some cases. Before the procedure, your consultant will see you a private appointment to assess your individual condition, discuss your needs, and decide the most suitable type of blepharoplasty for you.
Blepharoplasty: the procedure
First, your eye surgeon will use a local anaesthetic to numb your eye. So, you will be awake but should not feel any pain. They will make a small incision (cut) into the natural skin crease of your upper eyelid or in your lower lid beneath your eyelashes. They then will remove any excess skin and fat, and close these incisions using very fine stiches to prevent scarring. The procedure itself will take around two hours.
Blepharoplasty recovery time
You should be able to go home a few hours after the operation. You may have some swelling and bruising following the operation. These are temporary and should disappear after the first few weeks. You may need some medication to reduce any pain during the first 2-3 days.
You will receive clear aftercare instructions about how to improve your recovery. You will also be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to remove any stitches you have, 3-5 days later. Your consultant will also assess your progress and let you know when you can return to your normal activities.
What are the risks?
Like any surgery, there are some risks associated with blepharoplasty but it is a generally safe procedure. Your eye consultant will explain the benefits and risks of this eyelid surgery for you in a private consultation, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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