What is it for?
- Correct the excess skin, fat pads and possible loss of lower eyelid tone ("drooping of the lower eyelid")
What does it mean?
- Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the eyelids by removing lower eyelid skin and fat that are in excess and which give a tired look. It also allows correction of senile ectropion and to re-suspend the eyelid, in order to regain a more youthful appearance and also avoid excessive exposure of the conjunctiva (which may in some cases cause red eye). Put simply, the canthopexy and canthoplasty correspond respectively to the suspension of the lower eyelid by plication (ligament suture on itself) or to anchoring the ligament in a new position, usually higher and with more tension
Other procedures that can be associated
- Often associated with upper blepharoplasty (4-eyelid blepharoplasty), complete facelift, mini-lift, brow-lift, botulinum toxin, filling with fat grafting or filling with hyaluronic acid
Type of anaesthesia
- Local anaesthesia with or without sedation or general anaesthesia, depending on the complexity of the case
- Positioned along the skin folds of the eyelids, almost unnoticeable after 1 to 3 months
- It does not require hospitalization, although it does require an accompanying person to return home due to the possible difficulty to fully open the eyes after surgery caused by swelling. More complex cases may require 1 day in hospital
- You can start reading after 2-3 days. The return to daily activities can start at around 5 to 7 days, although minor bruising may sometimes persists up to 2 weeks
Most frequent problems and risks
- Temporary discomfort, feeling of "tightness" in the eyelid area, swelling or bruising. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light during the first weeks should be expected. Temporary dryness, burning or itching in the eyes may also occur but these side effects are rare.
- More rarely, there may be blurred vision or temporary double vison, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, slight asymmetry in healing and hypertrophy, difficulty in completely closing the eyes (which is rarely permanent), and a recessed lower eyelid position (if lower blepharoplasty), which may require additional surgery. Permanent loss of vision is a risk but this is extremely rare
- The improvement, though it may not be lifelong in some cases, usually lasts many years