WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BLEPHAROPLASTY SURGERY?
Many patients complain about looking tired and for many, the main reason is the appearance around the eyes. The balance between the eyebrow, skin around the eyes, fat herniation, smiling lines and frown lines are all contributors to this appearance. Some patients will benefit from Botulinum toxin injection, some will require elevation of the eye brow and some will require surgical intervention to remove the excess skin and possibly fatty tissue. Mr Ho-Asjoe will analyze the facial balance and recommend accordingly.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the eye area by removing excess skin with or without fatty tissue from either upper or lower eyelids. Patients usually complain of looking tired and, heaviness. Upper lid blepharoplasty can improve this appearance. In some cases, a better result can be obtained in conjunction with other procedures such as brow lift, Botox and fillers. Blepharoplasty of the lower lid will eliminate baggy folds of skin below the eyes.
Mr. Ho-Asjoe will make an incision along the natural lines and folds of the skin around your eyes while under local or general anaesthetics. The incision is done with precision to ensure minimal scarring. Excess fat, skin and muscle are removed before the wound is carefully sutured to ensure a natural aesthetics outcome.
Blepharoplasty surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete. If the operation is performed on just the upper or lower lids, less time is needed. An overnight stay is often required to minimize post-operative swelling and bruising.
Blepharoplasty surgery is considered a permanent solution for the correction for drooping eyelids and bags under the eyes. Even though the peri-orbital wrinkling will improve, it will not completely eliminate these lines. Botox is a better option for wrinkling around the eyes.
There are definitely ethnic differences in the peri-orbital anatomy and in particular, some Asians will require the creation or re-position of the tarsal crease (Double eyelid surgery) without converting to a Caucasian eyelid appearance.
WHAT TO EXPECET AFTER SURGERY
Typically, it takes approximately 7-14 days for the bruising and swelling to settle down from Blepharoplasty surgery, however many patients have had the surgery and returned to work within 4-5 days. There may be some residual swelling around the eye or the white area of the eye that may take longer to settle completely. Lymphatic massage and cool pack are recommended to assist with recovery.