Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
The eyes are the focal point of the face and when we interact with others eye contact is perhaps the most important way we express ourselves. Bright open eyes convey beauty, vigor, and youth. However, eyes that sag due to excess skin and are puffy due to excess fat convey a tired older appearance even though you may feel energetic and rested. The Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery or eye-lift, can correct these problems. Two problems seen in aging eyelids cannot be corrected by Blepharoplasty alone, which are dark circles and wrinkles.
For the upper eyelids the incision line is placed at the natural eyelid crease. Excess skin, muscle and fat are then removed. Because the incision is placed in a natural crease, it is frequently almost invisible after surgery. A number of options exist in performing lower eyelid surgery. The traditional subciliary approach places the incision just below the eyelashes. Excess skin and fat are trimmed. While this technique is used in some special cases there are more advanced techniques that have been developed that have a lower risk of scarring. The most common approach used by Dr. Pincock is the trans-conjunctival approach, where the incision is placed inside the eyelid, invisible from the outside. While excess fat can be removed through this incision, excess skin cannot. Excess skin can be removed just below the eyelashes in a “pinch technique” or in some cases laser resurfacing or a chemical peel can both tighten excess skin and remove wrinkles at the same time.
Most Blepharoplasty surgery is performed with either light sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia given by our specially selected anaesthetists. Sutures in an upper eyelid procedure are removed in five days, the sutures used in a lower eyelid procedure usually dissolve within a week. You can usually return to work in one week. Contacts can be worn after two to three weeks.