The eyes are one of the most noticeable features of the face. So it is understandable that it is a big decision to undergo eyelid surgery, otherwise known as a blepharoplasty. This is a surgical procedure which will remove the excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. While some people may choose to have either an upper or lower blepharoplasty, most people will opt to have both done at the same time.
To help calm any nerves that you’re feeling before undergoing your procedure, it is best to know all the possible facts about blepharoplasty.
1. Blepharoplasty can be performed under a local anaesthetic
Some people get nervous about the thought of surgery as they do not want to have a general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep throughout the duration of the procedure. Fortunately, if you wish to undergo a blepharoplasty, you do not have to worry about being asleep. Blepharoplasty is performed under a local anaesthetic, so you will be awake but unable to feel any pain or discomfort.
2. It can help you to see better
As we naturally age, the skin sags around the eyes, and we lose the support of the lower eyelid. This can sometimes be considered to be aesthetically unappealing. More concerningly, it can have a functional effect, and can negatively impact your eyesight. Undergoing a blepharoplasty to remove the excess skin will help you to regain your peripheral vision.
3. It is commonly combined with other procedures
Blepharoplasty improves the aesthetic appearance of the eyes, so it makes sense that patients would want to combine this with other cosmetic procedures. Patients will often choose to have procedures such as a facelift, browlift, or other non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures alongside a blepharoplasty. This will help to ensure the whole face appears more youthful, rather than just the eyes.
4. You won’t have scars
Surgeries which involve incisions will often result in visible scars. However, the best cosmetic surgeons will take care to ensure that you will not have visible scars following your blepharoplasty. The most experienced surgeons will know the right techniques to follow to ensure you have the most aesthetically pleasing results possible. Incisions should be made along the natural crease lines of the eyelids.
While you may be able to notice the incision line directly after the procedure, this will quickly fade and become less visible.
Before going ahead with surgery, make sure you have researched your surgeon and the clinic you are attending. You may wish to ask for before and after photographs of blepharoplasty procedures your surgeon has performed. This will give you a good idea of what they are capable of, whether they leave noticeable scars and what results they will be able to achieve with you. If you go to a surgeon who is not experienced or qualified, you may find you end up with noticeable scarring or less than satisfactory results.
5. The recovery is relatively easy
The recovery period is often one of the things that makes people reconsider having plastic surgery. You imagine lots of bruising and swelling, feeling lots of pain and having to take lots of time off work. It doesn’t sound appealing at all. Do not worry – recovery from blepharoplasty is not as daunting as you might imagine.
While it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling, this will only last a few days. You may wish to apply ice packs to your eyes to help reduce any symptoms. You will need to try and avoid excess sun exposure during the recovery period.
6. The results are permanent
Some procedures will require maintenance – the results will fade or completely disappear, or you will need to replace implants. This is not the case for a blepharoplasty. The results from your blepharoplasty will last a lifetime. As you continue to age, you may notice that skin on the upper eyelid will continue to droop or become puffy. However, this can be remedied with a brow lift or anti-wrinkle injections, rather than having to undergo a second blepharoplasty.
Are you interested in a blepharoplasty in London? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultation.