HISTORY: The eyes have always been the most expressive part of the face, they are the reflection of our feelings, and as such they are one of our most essential tools used for communicating.
INDICATIONS: Blepharoplasty’s (Eyelid Surgery) objective is to remove the bags under the eyes as well as the excess skin over the eyelids. A full medical check up with an ophthalmologist must be made prior to the surgery so as to verify that there is no chronic glaucoma (for the lower eyelids) or dry eye syndrome (lack of sufficient tears for the upper eyelids) and that the patient’s vision presents no danger.
The areas that can be operated are the upper and the lower eyelids.
PROCEDURE: The surgery is normally done under a local anaesthesia.
Upper Eyelid: The surgeon makes an incision along the fold of the upper eyelid and trims the sagging skin and muscle. Once the skin is separated, the surgeon can reach the excess fat to remove it. The incisions are then closed with either a Micro pore tape/ intra-dermatome patch or with very fine sutures.
Lower eyelids: The surgeon performs an incision just below the lashes along the lower eyelids. The skin is separated from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle, so as to reach the fat deposits and remove them. The excess skin is trimmed and the outer part of the eyelids is lifted.
The surgeon can also perform a trans-conjunctivae blepharoplasty. In this procedure the eyelids can not be stretched or lifted.
POST-OPERATIVE: Very rarely do we see complications after this operation. Scarring is usually very positive as the scars themselves are hardly visible.
Definite results can be observed 4 to 6 months after the operation.