Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is used to remove excess skin around the eyes and to reduce bags above or below the eyes. This surgery will make your eyes look younger and fresher. Many people with complaints of heavy, drooping eyelids (particularly late in the day) also find that their peripheral vision is impaired due to the eyelids hanging over the eye. Blepharoplasty may improve this.
Blepharoplasty can be upper and/or lower lids – if you are considering upper lid surgery, Mr Timms will carefully assess the position of your eyebrow, as eyebrow droopiness may be part of the problem. Sometimes, more than the lid itself must be addressed. Mr Timms may show you before and after pictures, and work with you to develop a plan to achieve the best possible outcome and meet your individual needs.
Other surgical procedures can be performed through the Blepharoplasty approach, such as Browpexy or mid face lift.
Post Op Care for Blepharoplasty
Significant swelling and bruising around the eyes is expected post operatively. Most of the swelling and bruising will resolve within 2 weeks of the surgery but some residual swelling may take weeks to resolve.
Ice compresses to eyes help reduce swelling, eg. bag of peas – not placed directly onto the eye (cover the eye with a soft cloth). You may need eye lubrication drops (these can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies). Antibiotic ointment will be prescribed for you whilst you are in hospital.
You will need to consider taking 7-10 days off work to allow the swelling and bruising to settle. You may wear eye makeup 1 week after the surgery. REST is essential to a good recovery.