Q, I have noticed that I am getting bags underneath the eyes, my family keep saying I look tired but I am not. Could a Blepharoplasty help me ?
A. A blepharoplasty is the medical term for a procedure to either remove excess skin on the upper eyelids, the bags underneath the lower eyelids, or both. Yes, they do sometimes make you look very tied, even when you are not. Its a common problem as we age. It does sound as if you maybe a candidate for this procedure. Arrange a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon and check your suitability.
Q How long does the operation take, can it be done under local anaesthetic ?
A. The procedure, certainly for just the upper eyelids, takes only around one hour. If you require just your upper eyelids corrected then this is normally performed under local anaesthetic and you will be allowed home a matter of hours after the procedure. The same applies with just the lower eye bags, in these cases you may be offered a little sedation to make the procedure more comfortable. In cases of upper and lower blepharoplasty, they maybe able to be done as a day case, however they are usually done including an overnight stay in hospital.
Q. How much time will I need off work ?
A. Allow seven to fourteen days off work, depending on the type of work that you do. Remember you are going to have bruising and swelling around the eyes , that’s perfectly normal. usually this starts to settle down quite quickly after seven days or so, but everyone heals at different rates. Your eyes might feel a bit ” gritty” and look quite sore at first.
Q. Will the results last ?
A. Yes, obviously you cannot stop the ageing process completely and as the years roll by you will develop another wrinkle or two around the eyes,
Q. Will there be a scar afterwards ?
A. Yes, there will be a scar, but the incisions for belpharoplasty are discreetly made in the crease of the upper eyelid and along the lower eyelid. Sometimes there can be a small mark to the very corners of the eye. However, these scars heal very well in the majority of cases. the Surgeon uses a very fine suture to close the small wounds.
Q. How soon can I drive after a blepharoplasty ?
A. You will not be able to drive whilst your eyes are sore and you have bruising and swelling to them. You need to let this settle down before you get back behind the wheel. Allow seven to ten days for things to settle down.
Q. I hear that this operations can be done with a facelift. I am considering a facelift but I am not sure at the moment. Can I get advice regarding having both done at the same time ?
A. Blepharoplasty can be performed at the same time as a facelift, and often is. Of course, if the two procedures are done together then you will only have had to go through one operation and one recovery period afterwards. It’s a good idea to discuss this with your Plastic Surgeon who will assess you for both procedures and advise you if it’s a good idea to go for both procedures at the same time.