Puffiness, especially in the lower lid also gives you a tired look. An eyelid lift seeks to address the sagging of skin and fat in both the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as face-lift, neck lift or skin resurfacing.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation (twilight anaesthetic). For the upper lid, the normal skin crease between the loose and fixed skin is chosen to place the scar. Fat and skin are removed and this can be extended into the hooding around the side of the upper eyelid (lateral canthus).
For lower eyelid the incision is either made just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The excess skin is removed and /or the fat may be removed or redistributed as required. Very fine sutures are used to close the wounds. Medications and ointment are prescribed to help in faster healing and to prevent infection after the procedure. We recommend iced gauze for the first 12- 24 hours after surgery and wearing dark sunglasses to camouflage bruising and swelling for 1-2 weeks.
It takes 2 weeks for most of the bruising to disappear. Most people are presentable within 10 days with some make up to cover any residual bruising.
Yes – upper lid blepharoplasty is covered by some health funds if it is excessive enough to obstruct your forward vision.
What are the risks and complications of eyelid lift surgery?
Risks may include infection, scarring, temporary blurred vision or double vision and dry eyes.
It is normal to have some asymmetry of the eyelids both before and after surgery.