Wikipedia states that blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery) is the surgical modification of the eyelid. Excess tissue such as skin and fat are removed or repositioned, and surrounding muscles and tendons may be reinforced. It can be both a functional and cosmetic surgery. In Asia, it’s also known as double eyelid surgery.
Understanding the surgery
In upper eyelid surgery, individual lines are marked on creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat is removed or repositioned, and then the loose muscle and skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.
In lower eyelid surgery, an incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the lower lid is made. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures. Eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a trans conjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed. When sutures are used to close this kind of incision, they are invisible to the eye. They are also commonly self-dissolving and leave no visible scar. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty can take from one to two hours. In many Asian patients, a fold (Mongolian fold) are seen at the medial aspect (the angle of eye closest to the nose) of the eye. This may be removed by medial epicanthoplasty in the same sitting as blepharoplasty.
What to Expect After the Surgery
Immediately after the surgery, sterile bandages would be applied. This need not be done for trans conjunctival blepharoplasty. It is not crucial that the eyes be covered. However, an ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area may be used. A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. You’ll leave the clinic with antibiotics and pain relief medication.
For a week and a half following blepharoplasty, you will clean the eye area (the eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy). Eye drops may be recommended. Permanent stitches will be removed in three to five days after surgery. Self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.
The risks of blepharoplasty are fairly uncommon. Our doctor will discussed with you in detail all prior to procedure.
In a blepharoplasty, the eyelids heal remarkably quickly and scars are usually quite inconspicuous.