Eyelids and Eye bags

What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is removal of excess skin and fat from the eyelids in order to produce more youthful and alert look.With advancing age the excess skin of upper and lower eyelid results in producing folds and hooded effect in upper eyelid and deep furrow or creases in lower eyelid. In addition to this the facial muscle loses and becomes weaken allowing the fat that cushions the eye to protrude producing noticeable bags under the eyes.

Who is a good candidate for eye bag removal?
• Men and women who have developed significant eye bags with advancing years.
• Patients who have a familial tendency to develop prominent eye bags in their early twenties.
• Patients with significant eye and eyelid changes associated with thyroid disease.
How is the surgery performed?
Anesthesia
The operation may be performed under either local anesthesia with or without sedation or general anesthesia.

Incisions
Incisions are made in the natural lines of the eyelids allowing for both skin and fat to be removed.

On day of the surgery
With upper eyelids or lower eyelid alone, many patients go home the same day few hours after surgery. It is recommended that patients stay in hospital for one night if both eyelids are done.

Post-Operative Care
As with all surgery, you must expect to feel bruised and sore. Your eyes are likely to be swollen. Make up and dark glasses can usually cover any bruising. The final result may not be obvious for three to six months. You may be asked to keep your head elevated for a few days to help the swelling go down. Cold compresses may be used several hours after surgery. Sutures are removed after three to five days.

If your work is not physical, expect to return to work within two weeks. Expect to be back to normal physical activity within three to four weeks.

How long will the results of this procedure last?
For the great majority of patients, the results of their eye bag removal are permanent. Of course, in the younger patient the chances that further eye bags may develop with time are high.

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