6 Questions About Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) refers to removing excess tissues around the eyelids, to correct ptosis (sagging eyelids), remove fatty bulges around the eyes, and eliminate hanging skin from the eyelids. 

Blepharoplasty is often a cosmetic procedure performed in order to enhance appearance; however, a Blepharoplasty procedure may be essential for some patients when sagging skin is blocking their field of vision.

 

What are the two types of Blepharoplasty surgery? 

 

Upper lid Blepharoplasty

Upper lid blepharoplasty refers to the removal of skin, muscle and fat from the upper lids, which often make the eyes feel heavy and give you a tired look.

Lower lid Blepharoplasty

Lower lid Blepharoplasty refers to removing excess tissue of the lower lids. Again the thin skin here can become lax, causing wrinkling. Also, some people are prone to having ‘bags’ under the eyelids, from a combination of prolapsed fat and fluid that is often very difficult to treat.

 

Why is Blepharoplasty the most common cosmetic facial procedure? 

 

The loss of collagen and loss of elasticity of tissues with age can lead to excess skin, muscle and fat around the eyes. These factors can often lead to the eyes feeling heavy and looking tired, as well as obscured vision superiorly and to the sides. 

 

Who is the ideal candidate for Blepharoplasty surgery? 

 

A proper assessment of patients needs to be conducted at the initial consultation. The most crucial aspect of any surgery is to make sure that the correct surgery is done in the first place. Dr Hollenbach would not consider doing Blepharoplasties on anyone under the age of 30 unless it was necessary to correct obscured vision. 

 

What are the risks involved with Blepharoplasty surgery?

 

There are always risks with any operations. Dr Hollenbach has a very low rate of complication during the procedure and very rarely has to do any repeat surgery due to any adverse results after the initial surgery.

An Oculoplastic surgeon will assess your eye function fully before and after surgery. He will make sure that there is minimal scarring both in the skin but more importantly in underlying tissues, which can lead to eyelid problems down the track.

 

Recovery from Blepharoplasty surgery. 

 

Generally, surgical wounds heal up after a week. Sutures are removed at that time or are often left to dissolve naturally, which may take up to 8 weeks. It may take up to 3 months for everything to settle down, and swelling can persist over this period.

 

Why is an Oculoplastic surgeon the best type of surgeon to perform a Blepharoplasty? 

 

An Oculoplastic surgeon will check your eye health before undertaking any procedure, including checking your vision, looking at the health of your eyes and testing for dry eye. 

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