One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Cosmetic Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
- Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
- Saggy or droopy eyelids.
- A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
East Asian Blepharoplasty:
East Asian blepharoplasty (also known as double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery), is a type of cosmetic eye surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped (blepharoplasty). The purpose of the procedure is to create an upper eyelid with a crease (a double eyelid) from an eyelid that does not naturally have a crease.
Functional Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
- Entropion – a medical condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward. This condition can cause the eyelashes to continuously rub against the cornea causing irritation.
- Ectropion – a medical condition in which the lower eyelid turns outwards. This condition leaves the inner eyelid surface exposed and prone to irritation.
- Ptosis – a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid. This condition occurs due to dysfunction of the muscles that raise the eyelid or their nerve supply. If left untreated, ptosis can lead to other conditions.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is an outpatient procedure.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure is slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.