An eyelid is a thin fold, consisting of muscles and skin, that covers the eye and depending on its characteristics will make the eye appear smaller or larger. The goal of a blepharoplasty is an expressive, youthful-looking face and a larger area around the eyes.
With age, the lids become heavier, eye bags and wrinkles start to appear and make the eyes look tired. Sun exposure, smoking or genetic predisposition may also strongly influence the eye area.
Before any surgery occurs, it should be determined whether there isn’t an underlying disease causing these symptoms, such as kidney, hart and thyroid disease.
Fatty tissue inside the eye-socket is protecting the eye. This tissue can sometimes emerge below the eyeball. These so-called baggy eyes need to be drained of the fat and therefore get reduced in size.
Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia or light sedation. For smaller eye bags, an incision isn’t necessary. Instead, the fat removal is applied via an invisible access on the back of the eye lid (transconjunctival approach)
The necessary cuts are mostly carried gently, without using a scalpel. This results in less swelling and bruising than with traditional methods. Wound closure is applied with sutures on the upper and lower lids, which attaches the wound edges under the skin.
To minimize swelling, ice packs need to be applied to the eye and cheek region immediately after the operation. Stitches will be removed within a week. After seven to ten days, most patients can resume normal social activities.
Remaining redness can be covered up with makeup. After about six weeks all swelling has subsided. During this time all exercise activities should be avoided.