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Bags underneath the eyes are a tell-tale sign of aging and can make us look worn out and drained. These bags develop because our skin loses elasticity and the muscles under the eyes lose firmness, which causes fat to store in them more easily.
In order to improve the appearance of the eyes, many people resort to having eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty, as it’s medically known, helps the eyes to look more youthful by reducing and tightening the loose skin.
This procedure is sometimes referred to as an ‘eyelid lift’ and can be carried out on the upper or lower eyelid, or on a combination of the two. In some cases, it is performed during a facelift to further improve the face’s appearance, leaving the skin looking radiant.
If you are thinking about having a facelift, it’s a good idea to have eyelid surgery at the same time, as doing this will help you to sustain the balance of facial aging.
Blepharoplasty is a way to reverse the signs of aging and fatigue, leaving you with eyes that glisten.
Will I have physical scars after the procedure?
Any scars will be well-hidden, as incisions are made under the lash line and along the natural creases of the eye socket.
Will it affect my sight?
Definitely not. Your surgeon will be highly experienced and surgery is carried out on the areas surrounding the eyes; not on the eyes themselves.
When will I be discharged from hospital?
Same-day discharge is common for blepharoplasty procedures, however you will be expected to wait around until the initial effects of anaesthetic have worn off. Asking someone to drive you home from hospital, and look after you for 24 hours following the procedure, is advised. The majority of patients return to work after a week.
When will my stitches be removed?
Most patients’ stitches are removed within 3-5 days of surgery.
What happens after the procedure?
You will be given plenty of pain relief and aftercare advice following your surgery. Many people that have undergone blepharoplasty report that bruising starts to ease within a week. Swelling, on the other hand, may take longer as it takes time for the tissue to settle. To speed up the recovery process, try keeping your head up for a few days. You could also apply a cold compress to the area underneath your eyes.
Are there side effects?
Though some people recover with no side-effects, some patients report temporary blurred vision for a few days following the procedure, as well as itchy, watery or dry eyes. Contact lenses must not be worn for at least three weeks after surgery, and all eye make-up must be avoided until your surgeon says otherwise.