The appearance of the eyes and the tissues around them has a huge impact on the appearance of the whole face. The eyes also say much about our age and health. Unfortunately, as we grow older, the skin of our eyelids becomes flaccid, excess skin becomes evident, the eyelids droop, as a result of which our whole face looks tired. This is not only an aesthetic issue but also a health problem, as drooping eyelids and flaccid skin often interfere with good vision.
Blepharoplasty is a type of eyelid plastic surgery done under local anaesthesia:
- to get rid of the bags under the eyes that involve the lower eyelids,
- to remove excess skin and protruding orbital fat in the upper eyelids.
The surgery results in eyes that look rejuvenated. Eyelid correction can be a stand-alone procedure or can be combined with other rejuvenating procedures, such as a face lift or an eyebrow lift. The procedure may be done in the upper and the lower eyelids. It involves removing excess skin and protruding orbital fat in the upper and lower eyelids. It does not remove wrinkles, "crow's feet," dark circles around the eyes or drooping eyebrows.
When performing the upper eyelid correction, the surgeon makes an incision in the natural fold, and removes excess skin and excess muscle around the eyes (the orbicularis oculi muscle). This results in a considerable deepening of the upper part of the eyelid. The wound is then closed with a very thin suture. The resulting scar is almost invisible. During lower-eyelid blepharoplasty (plastic surgery of the lower eyelids), an incision is made below the eyelash line, the skin is separated from the lower edge of the orbit and excess fat is removed (the so-called eye bags filled with fat are removed). At the end of the procedure, the plastic surgeon removes excess skin.