Blepharoplasty means reforming the (eye)lids.
As the ageing process occurs, eyelid skin and soft tissues can become stretched and weaken. This results in excess skin and gradual out-pouching of fat pads which were previously held back by the once firm and taut soft tissues. We know that the eyes are the window to the soul and having more youthful eyes would brighten the overall facial appearance.
Blepharoplasty surgery can be done for the upper eyelids, as well as the lower eyelids, to restore and enhance the aesthetic youthful appearance of the eyes.
In upper blepharoplasty, excess skin and bulging fat pads from the upper eyelid are removed. The double eyelid crease is formed at a suitable height that is individualised to the person. The incision on the eyelid is concealed as the double eyelid crease.
In lower blepharoplasty, fat prolapse is the main indication for this procedure. The incision is made transconjunctivally (internal hidden incision). The excess fat pads which have protruded forward and cause an unsightly bulge are removed. In addition, the lower eyelid is tightened. Skin from the lower eyelid may or may not be removed depending on a case-by-case assessment.
How is it carried out?
Blepharoplasty can be performed under light sedation as a day surgery. Duration of surgery is usually 30 to 45 minutes per eyelid. Absorbable sutures are used for the skin and suture removal may not be required.