Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The surgery is often performed for cosmetic reasons, but it can also be done to improve vision if sagging eyelids are obstructing the patient’s view.
During the surgery, incisions are made along the natural creases of the eyelids, allowing the surgeon to remove or reposition excess tissue. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures, which are typically removed within a week. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia.
Blepharoplasty is generally a safe and effective procedure, but like any surgery, it does carry some risks, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, and changes in vision. Patients may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort for several days after the surgery, but these symptoms can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses.
It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of eyelid surgery with a qualified plastic surgeon before deciding to undergo the procedure. A skilled and experienced surgeon can help patients achieve their desired results while minimizing the risk of complications.