Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, as well as the tightening of the surrounding muscles and tissues. Blepharoplasty can be performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons. Functionally, it can help improve vision by removing excess skin that may be obstructing the visual field. Cosmetically, it can help create a more youthful and refreshed appearance by reducing sagging skin, wrinkles, and bags under the eyes. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. During the procedure, incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize scarring. The excess skin and fat are then removed, and the remaining tissues are tightened and repositioned as needed. Recovery from blepharoplasty generally takes about one to two weeks, during which time patients may experience bruising, swelling, and temporary discomfort. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a week or two, although strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks. Blepharoplasty can provide significant improvements in the appearance of the eyelids, but as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, such as bleeding, infection, and changes in vision. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon.
Dr Meathrel is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 19 years experience. She has performed 1000s of cosmetic procedures.