As we get older, the skin of our eyelids gets thinner, dark brown spots appear on the skin and radial wrinkles, often called crow’s feet, form at the corners of the eyes. Wrinkles also form on the skin of the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) can significantly improve their appearance. Although eyelid surgery is primarily a cosmetic procedure, it is sometimes necessary due to health issues. If the skin of the upper eyelids extends to or beyond the eyelashes, it can obstruct vision, while swelling can also form in the eyelids above and below the corners of the eyes.
As we get older, the skin of the eyelids changes, the muscles become stretched (loss of strength), and orbital fat cells droop forward. When this occurs, typical symptoms are loss of flexibility in the skin (atrophy), muscular atrophy, prolongation of the membranes that close the eye and fat bulges around the eye sockets.
The corrections made to the eyelids during the operation itself and the subsequent recovery can help patients enjoy a more fulfilling life.
Method of anesthesia: local anesthetic
Duration of surgery: one to two hours
Time at hospital post surgery: a few hours
Earliest return to social life: two weeks
Earliest return to regular life: two weeks
Complete recovery time: removal of stitches after one week