The surgical intervention used to correct eyelids is called blepharoplasty. Conditions in which it can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or combined include: drooping, anatomical feature, excess skin, “bags”, the presence of fatty tissue.
Removing the sagging skin over the eye “opens” the eyes and often patients say they are “sighted”. Performing such a procedure can improve the overall appearance of the eye area and the face in general.
Some anatomical eye conditions cannot be changed. These are the position of the eyes, the state of the bone system around the eyes. This is exactly why it is very important to have a preliminary consultation with an oculoplastic surgeon, during which the potential in the specific case is discussed, as well as the patient’s expectations. A thorough examination is performed prior to surgery, during which a photographic record is also made.
Surgery at the Esteline Clinic is performed by an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, under local anesthesia, where the sensation of pain is dulled, but there is a sense of touch. Sutures are placed during surgery and removed 7-10 days later. After the operation there is edema, bruising. There may be more profuse tearing on the first day, slightly blurred vision that quickly subsides, increased sensitivity, discomfort. 1-2 check-ups are needed depending on the situation and the specific case.
The recovery period is 10-14 days. This is the time when the swelling and bruising subside. The surgical incision is seen over a longer period, taking several months to heal. In people whose skin is not prone to full recovery, a slight incision mark may remain below the natural curve of the eyelid.
Blepharoplasty is compatible with other procedures. The appropriate options in the specific case are discussed during the consultation.
What is the duration of the procedure?
The operation is of varying duration, depending on which and how many areas are treated.
Surgery on upper or lower eyelids only takes about 60 minutes. If a combined blepharoplasty is performed, respectively, about 120 min.
What are the contraindications and side effects?
Contraindications to blepharoplasty may be certain eye and neurological surgeries. These are necessarily discussed during the preliminary consultation and require a review of how far and what changes have occurred.
Temporary and minor complications are possible after blepharoplasty and are relatively rare. These can be bleeding, infection, irritated eyes, difficulty closing the eyes, change in skin color in the area that was operated on, local and general reaction of the body from local anesthesia.
What postoperative care is needed?
After performing blepharoplasty, it is necessary to observe some postoperative care such as careful cleaning of the eyes, wearing sunglasses. After removing the sutures, anti-scar cream is applied. Your oculoplastic surgeon will guide you according to your specific needs.