Eyelid Surgery (also known as eye bag removal or blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic eye surgery to remove fat usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.
The operation can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, on both areas together or combined with other facial, body or breast surgery (e.g. Facelift). After blepharoplasty the eyes appear fresher and more youthful, and these results may last for many years.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthesia, unless general anaesthesia is required. In eyelid surgery the surgeon first marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along the natural skin fold.
- Upper eyelids: For surgery on the upper eyelids, cuts are made into the natural lines and creases in your eyelids, and in the wrinkles at the corners of your eyes. Thereafter, the surgeon divides the muscles and fatty tissue from the skin around the eyes to remove the excess fat, skin and muscles. The cut is closed using fine stitches.
- Lower eyelids: The lower eyelid is corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed. The surgeon can also remove a small amount of fat. The incisions are then sutured and adhesive strips are placed over the stitches.
Many of the patients feel little or no pain after the blepharoplasty. If there is pain or discomfort after the surgery it can be controlled with popular medication. Following eyelid surgery, there will be varying degrees of bruising and swelling to the area, which will mostly disappear in 7-14 days. The stitches are removed 4-5 days after the operation.
Following surgery, you may experience tearing, itchy, burning eyes, dry eyes, light sensitivity and blurred or double vision, which can persist for several days.