Upper and lower eyelid surgery is normally required with age as skin naturally loses its elasticity. Loose skin accumulates in the upper and lower eyelids and collects together as folds, making the eyelids appear baggy as the muscles beneath the skin allows the fat which cushions the eyes to protrude forward. Upper and Lower eyelid surgery can be performed together within a single operation.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthesia. Incisions are made above and below the eyelashes and surplus fat, excess skin and sagging muscle is removed. In some cases where only fat is being removed, incisions are made inside the eyelid avoiding an external incision (trans conjunctival blepharoplasty). It is best to keep the head elevated for a few days after surgery to reduce swelling and sutures are usually removed 3 to 5 days after surgery.
Is the treatment painful?
There is an element of discomfort immediately after surgery. However, with the appropriate pain killers this is minimal, thereafter there should be no further pain.
How long does treatment take?
You will be required to attend the hospital 2 hours prior to surgery for the pre-operative procedures. The surgical procedure will take 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
When can I expect to see my results?
Initially your eyes will be swollen and puffy however after a few days the swelling will decrease. Visible signs of improvement will be a few days to one week.