The eyes are the centre of human conversation and communication. Changes to the eyelids caused by aging may wrongly give the impression of fatigue and sadness and can also reduce the visual field. Degenerative facial changes cause loss of skin elasticity, atrophy and redistribution of fatty tissue, as well as formation of wrinkles.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure on the upper and lower eyelids, performed to improve their appearance and functionality. This method is used to remove the excess skin on the eyelids as well as the fat that contributes to under-eye bags. Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia. The upper lid is addressed with surgical incisions made along the natural skin lines (creases), while the lower lid is addressed with a surgical incision just below the eyelashes. Since the skin on the eyelids is the thinnest compared to the rest of the body, the postoperative scar is virtually invisible.
At first appointment with the patient, the problem is detected, the surgical procedure is decided upon and the date of the procedure is determined. Since blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, there is no need for starvation before surgery. If either the upper or the lower eyelid is addressed, the procedure takes about an hour. If both eyelids are addressed at the same time, then the procedure takes about two and a half
hours. At the end of the procedure, patches are placed on the wounds, and the client is advised to visit the doctor in three days to have the patches removed and an antibiotic ointment applied. The following appointment is scheduled in a week’s time when the stitches are removed, too.
For two postoperative days, cold compresses should be applied to the wounds, and in case of pain, pain relievers should be taken. During the first two weeks, lifting of heavy objects, sudden bending and intense sports activities should be avoided. Postoperative swelling and minor haematomas are common for this procedure. After two weeks, the patient can return to daily routine.