Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Surgery

One of the most common procedures I perform in my Fourways rooms is Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty.

 

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This is because, unfortunately, the eye area is one of the first areas to show the signs of aging.

Indeed, many men and women suffer from droopy or hooded eyelids, either due to aging, heredity factors, or both. And the same applies to the wrinkles, puffiness and fat bulges that can develop in the lower eyelids. These conditions can be particularly bothersome, since the eyes are such a critical part of our expressions and our interactions with others. Patients often complain of appearing tired or unhappy despite feeling otherwise.

Eyelid surgery always has a tremendous impact on the overall appearance of the face and gives my patients a younger, more awake and energetic look that boosts their confidence.

Contact my Fourways plastic surgery practice on 011 875 1631 to learn more about the eyelid surgery.

 

IS BLEPHAROPLASTY THE RIGHT SURGERY FOR YOU?

Eyelid surgery is a wonderful procedure for restoring youthfulness to eyes that are showing severe signs of ageing resulting from gravity, time and genetics. During this procedure, I remove fat pockets and tighten the muscles but I explain the procedure in more details further on in this article.

The best candidates for this plastic surgery procedure are healthy men and women who are in their 30s or older and who have realistic expectations.


Of course, as with all cosmetic procedures, it is especially important that I carefully assess your eyes and the surrounding areas and understand your goals and concerns before recommending eyelid surgery.

During your consultation, I will determine if you truly have excessive eyelid skin, or if your sagging eyelids are mainly caused by a drooping brow. If this is the case, you may actually need a brow lift, either with or without blepharoplasty. Find out more about brow lift on my website

I will also decide whether you require upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both, and what approach would be best suited to your condition.

Since the eyes and the eye area are such an important part of our appearance, it is extremely important that eyelid surgery be performed only by a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in this delicate procedure. I, myself am a member of the APRSSA.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UPPER AND LOWER EYELID SURGERY?

This is probably the number one question my eyelid surgery patients ask me.

 

→Upper Eyelid Surgery

When performing upper eyelid surgery, my goal is to remove excess skin and occasional fat bulges that are responsible for the tired, grumpy look. I make an incision that runs along the natural fold of the upper eyelid, and extends just beyond the outside corner into the existing creases.

Through this incision, a strip of excess skin is removed and fatty tissue is eliminated or repositioned to create a more refreshed, alert appearance. Because the incision follows the natural crease of the eyelid, it is usually very well-concealed and rarely noticeable.

 

→Lower Eyelid Surgery

While upper eyelid surgery primarily involves the removal of sagging skin, lower eyelid surgery mainly targets the fatty deposits, which are more predominant under the eye. Removing these deposits in conjunction with the sagging skin leaves a smooth, firm, younger-looking surface above the cheek.

Lower eyelid surgery may be done through the inside of the lower eyelid, using what is called transconjunctival or “scar-less” technique which requires no external incision, and is appropriate only for the removal or redistribution of fat. It is therefore not suitable if you are showing severe wrinkling in that area.

I usually complete upper and lower eyelid surgery within one to two hours, it is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Did you know that some of my patients choose to have blepharoplasty done in conjunction with a facelift?

Here is an article I wrote about Facelift surgery at my practice
 

RECOVERING FROM EYELID SURGERY

After surgery, you will have eyelid sutures in place. They provide support to the eyelid tissue to ensure that the incision lines heal beautifully, without excessive strain or tension. These sutures are removed 5 days after surgery.

My patients usually report mild levels of pain following blepharoplasty but I will prescribe oral medications to alleviate any discomfort you may feel. You should expect bruising and swelling too, at least for the first week after your surgery. After 10 to 14 days, most of my eyelid surgery patients feel comfortable in public and return to work and social activities.

We will schedule follow up appointments so that I can check up on your healing progress. I will remove your sutures within the first week of surgery.

The eyelid surgery results can last for years but remember to be patient with yourself during the healing process. While it is imperative to be active, eat well and get plenty of rest, it is true that people heal at different paces.

I hope you enjoyed this article? It was great for me to share some key facts about blepharoplasty. If I have left out something that you would like to know more about, please leave a message right here on my blog or, alternatively, on my Facebook page or via Twitter and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Lastly, if you wish to book a consultation with me, please phone my rooms on 011 875 1631.

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