AESTHETIC EYELID SURGERY / BLEPHAROPLASTY

AESTHETIC EYELID SURGERY / BLEPHAROPLASTY

Aesthetic eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is usually performed on both men and women where the signs of aging around the eyes – the excess skin, the bags and deep tear troughs - make them look persistently tired even though they do not feel it. Sometimes the excess upper eyelid skin actually sits on the eyelashes and interferes with vision. Quite often the upper eyelid excess is exacerbated by droopy eyebrows and both may need to be addressed with the addition of a brow lift or hitch in order to produce a satisfactory result. 

During this operation the excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids are removed. The incision is hidden in a natural fold on the upper eyelid while the lower eyelid incision is made just below the eyelashes and is therefore well hidden. Whereas the traditional techniques are based on the removal of fat, the modern techniques focus on restoration and redistribution of the fatty tissues in order to avoid giving a hollowed out appearance from the removal of too much fat from around the eyes. If a brow hitch is required then a separate incision is made in the hairline of the temple in order to achieve this.

The operation of upper eyelid blepharoplasty alone can be performed under local anaesthetic but if the eyebrow needs to be lifted as well then the procedure is best performed under a general anaesthetic. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is slightly more involved and is best performed under a general anaesthetic.