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.
Recovery From Eyelid Surgery
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the sensation as discomfort rather than 'pain' which is well controlled with over-the counter pain medication.
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.
Scarring From Eyelid Surgery
Incisions are discretely placed in the crease of the upper eyelid. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.