Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Often referred to as “blepharoplasty,” eyelid surgery is a versatile procedure that can improve the appearance of aging or exhaustion in the upper and/or lower eyelids. As the most expressive area of the face, the eyes are generally considered a very telling indication of one’s mood. When wrinkles, excess skin, and loose musculature begin to affect the eyelid contour, individuals can unintentionally convey emotions that they may not actually be feeling, such as stress, anger, or fatigue. Blepharoplasty from our highly skilled Johannesburg plastic surgeon can help reduce signs of aging and restore the supportive structures that contribute to a bright, youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery can be a powerful way to enhance a tired, stressed, or aged expression caused by drooping skin, fat, and musculature around the eyes. The procedure is typically most successful for patients who:
- Experience “hooding” in the upper eyelids, wherein loose skin begins to droop into one’s line of sight
- Wish to smooth loose, excess skin around the eye contours
- Want to improve puffy or baggy lower eyelids
The surgical process starts with a consultation, in which Dr Vaneshri Chetty-B will review your medical history and help determine whether eyelid surgery is the best facial plastic surgery to achieve your goals. Patients considering blepharoplasty should understand that the procedure is only intended to refresh the upper face, and improvements in the lower face may necessitate a facelift or neck lift.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
The blepharoplasty procedure can be tailored to address the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This outpatient surgery typically utilizes inconspicuous incisions along the natural contour of the eyelid crease, or along the lower lash line depending on the type of eyelid surgery performed. During upper blepharoplasty, excess skin is removed to correct a “hooding” appearance and drooping musculature is tightened. Fat deposits are also removed or repositioned if necessary to help achieve a smooth eyelid contour. For patients undergoing the lower blepharoplasty procedure, protruding fat in the lower eyelids is similarly extracted/repositioned to reduce puffiness and create a more alert appearance. Redundant skin is removed, and all incisions are closed with sutures.
What Can I Expect From the Eyelid Surgery Recovery Period?
Immediately after the blepharoplasty procedure, patients commonly experience swelling or bruising around their eyelids. These reactions are a normal response to surgery and can be managed with cold compresses, ointments, and oral pain medication. Any discomfort should naturally subside throughout the recovery period. The eyes may feel sensitive after surgery; therefore, wearing eye protection, such as dark-tinted sunglasses, will likely be required while your eyes are still healing. Patients are typically able to return to work and light activities after four to seven days, although this timeframe may vary based on your unique needs. Dr Chetty-B will provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you protect your incisions, reduce swelling, and facilitate the recovery process.
Blepharoplasty is considered the most effective technique to eliminate excess eyelid skin and help you reclaim a brighter, more energetic appearance. Please contact The Forever Institute if you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr Chetty-B.