Our eyes are one of the most important features of our face – they are inviting and one of the first facial features that we focus on. Unfortunately, as we age our eyes often begin to look tired, sad and droopy. Even when we are well rested, we no longer have that bright, "wide-eyed," youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty rejuvenates the appearance of the eyelids by smoothing sagging skin, removing pockets of fat, and tightening any lax tissues that could be contributing to drooping lids. This results in improved aesthetics and symmetry while giving the face a more youthful appearance.
Asian Blepharoplasty: A common feature among the Asian population is a lack of a upper eyelid crease. Asian eyelid surgery involves contouring the eyes and creates a double fold on the upper eyelid.
For upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelids. The underlying tissues can then be tightened and sculpted before any excess skin is removed. This can be performed under a local or a full general anaesthetic and takes around 30-60 minutes to complete.
Most patients describe the pain as mild aches which is usually controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr Chinsee.
Most patients return to work or their normal daily activities after 2 days. Patients may still experience unusual tearing, light sensitivity, blurry vision, or double vision for a few weeks afterward, though these side effects should resolve once the healing process is complete. Until that time, patients should avoid any strenuous physical activity.
Incisions are discretely placed in the crease of the upper eyelid. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are complication and risks of eyelid surgery?
Swelling, ‘tight’ feeling, soreness, bruising which resolve within the first few days. Infection, eyes may heal with slight differences in appearance, rare cases: patients may experience difficulty closing their eyes before sleep. Dissatisfaction with cosmetic result. Please ask for a copy of the Surgical Consent for a more detailed view.
How long do results from eyelid surgery last?
As long as patients protect the area from sun exposure, the results can last many years.