Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty

Overview

A blepharoplasty is a procedure that addresses deformities, disfigurations, and age related changes to the upper and lower eyelids. These changes can include skin excess or droopiness, loss of volume around the eyes, asymmetry, and vision impairment due to the redundant skin.

There are many reasons for someone to choose a blepharoplasty, or eye lift, and it has several benefits. It is a procedure that is performed to:

  • Remove excess skin from the eyelids
  • Rejuvenate and refresh the tired, or aged eyelids
  • Provide eyelid balance and symmetry

Surgery

Before the Procedure

A blepharoplasty is a highly individualized procedure, and is designed to address your individual goals and concerns. Before considering this procedure, you should be in good health, a non-smoker, and have reasonable expectations about what this surgery can and cannot achieve. Specifically, this operation cannot:

  • Remove dark circles around the eyes
  • Lift sagging eyebrows
  • Eliminate crow’s feet

 

Operation

This operation can be combined with other operative procedures, such as a facelift. It is a procedure performed under sedation, or general anaesthesia. If performed with other procedures, a general anaesthesia is normal.

The procedure is usually performed as a day procedure, and can be performed at a day hospital.

Recovery

The recovery from this procedure usually takes a few days. It is common to expect some swelling, and minor bruising around the eyes after this procedure. This can last up to a few weeks, and usually subsides without any residual concerns. You may have some mild irritation to your eyes after, which is common. You will be provided with lubricating eye drops after the procedure to help eliminate this symptom.

Each patient has different anatomy, and specific expectations. Not everyone is a good candidate for a blepharoplasty. Discuss your particular circumstances with Dr Perron before deciding what is best for you.

Risks

There are risks with any procedure.  The general risks, as with any procedure include the following:

  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Scar

Specific risks associated with a breast augmentation include the following:

  • Too much skin excision, resulting in cornea injury
  • Asymmetry
  • Itchiness, watering or dryness of the eyes
  • Lower eyelid drooping (ectropion)
  • Temporary visual changes, which can be long lasting

In extremely rare cases, blindness can occur. This risk is increased with coughing, strenuous exercise, lifting, and smoking.

FAQs

No. A blepharoplasty is not designed to remove the wrinkles at the outer corners of your eyes (crow’s feet) or to fix sagging brows. There are other procedures available that can be used to remove wrinkles near the eyes, including laser resurfacing and intense pulsed light treatments.

As with any surgical procedure, some scarring is to be expected. However, scarring with blepharoplasty is minimal and practically non-existent after several months of healing.

The hair-thin sutures are normally removed within 3 to 5 days of the operation. The removal process may sting a little bit.