As we age, our skin weakens and stretches. This can lead to excessive folds of skin, or “bags” around the eyes, as the muscles weaken and the skin stretches in the eyelids. This condition is known as dermatochalasis can affect the upper or lower eyelids or both.
While this is usually only of cosmetic concern, in severe cases it can cause a feeling of heaviness in the eyelids, or even obstruction of vision when the upper eyelid is affected. The treatment for this condition is known as Blepharoplasty.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a simple procedure to remove excess skin and deposits of fat around the eyes. If the problem is with the upper eyelid, the fatty deposits are simply removed. For the lower eyelid, an incision is made in the conjunctiva. This preserves muscle function and avoids scarring.
Both surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures under local anesthesia and sedation. If the patient has to undergo both procedures at the same time, they will need to spend a few hours in the center to recover after the operation.
Who is the ideal candidate for Blepharoplasty?
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering Blepharoplasty surgery:
- It is an operation for eye bags and will not solve other problems such as crow’s feet and sunken eyebrows.
- The eyelids and fatty deposits have a tendency to bleed, so the operation requires great care and delicacy.
- If too much skin is removed, it can prevent the eye from closing properly, leading to dryness and irritation of the eyeball.
This is why it is important to consult with a specialist about your medical history as well as your expectations from the surgery before undergoing the procedure. At Clinica Adcure, our team of experts will give you an expert evaluation as to whether this is the right surgery for you.
After the operation, eye drops should be applied every four hours, and an antibiotic eye ointment should be used before going to bed. The stitches can come out about a week after surgery. Once the stitches have been removed, the area should be massaged with a wound-healing cream. Conjunctivitis can sometimes occur as a side-effect of the operation, but this can be avoided through the regular application of eye drops and antibiotic cream.
When going outdoors, the eyes should be protected from sunlight by a pair of large, high UV protection sunglasses. The area should also be treated regularly with a moisturizing cream to prevent dryness and irritation during the healing process.
Results will be visible in two to three weeks after the intervention when the bruising and swelling have gone down.
At Clinica Adcure, we are specialists in this delicate surgery which can help restore both vision and a more youthful appearance, so book a consultation with us today, to see if you will benefit from this surgery.