The presence of redundant skin and fat is more obvious as one gets older. The skin loses its elasticity and appears redundant. The muscles of the eyelids also become slack resulting in accentuation of the fat pads within the eyelids.
This applies to both upper and lower eyelids. This often results in an ‘aged’ appearance and the eyes appear ‘tired’.
This can be corrected surgically. It is said that if there is one operation which does the most to make an aging face younger, this is it. The operation involves removing a segment of redundant skin and some fat. In some case only skin needs to be removed and at other times just fat needs removing to produce a rejuvenated appearance.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM EYELID REDUCTION (BLEPHAROPLASTY)
People who have:
- Excessive skin on the upper eyelid
- Excessive skin skin on the lower eyelid resulting in a baggy appearance
- Excessive skin of the upper eyelid who is obstructing their vision
- Excessive pockets of fat in the upper and/or lower eyelids
YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
BEFORE THE OPERATION
You will have at least 2 consultations before your surgery.
During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed.
Standard photographs will be taken with your consent.
If you take aspirin or NSAIDS (e.g. Ibuprofen) then you should stop these at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery. These drugs thin the blood and predispose you to a higher risk of bleeding during and after the operation.
If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking 2 – 4 weeks prior to your operation to help reduce the risk of wound healing problems.
DAY OF THE OPERATION
You will be seen by Mr. Oudit in the morning of your surgery and he will have a chat with you. If you have any questions, he will be most willing to answer them. He will then place some marks on your face prior to the surgery.
Your surgery will be performed under a general anesthetic which will be carried out by an experienced anesthetist.
About 30-45 minutes prior to your operation you will picked up by friendly staff members and brought to the operating theatre suite.
Your operation will be done in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity.
AFTER YOUR OPERATION
It is not unusual for you experience swelling, bruising and sensitivity to light following this operation. It does get progressively better.
You are advised to lie with your head elevated on at least 2 pillow height after the 1- 2 weeks and to refrain from strenuous exercises for up to 6 weeks.
Mr. Oudit will then see you 1 week after your operation and then at 6 weeks and 3 months post-operatively.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- WILL MY OPERATION BE DONE WITH ME AWAKE?
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is generally done under local anesthetic (with the patient awake). However, if lower eyelids are done at the same time, then it is best for the patient to undergo a general anesthetic (be put to sleep) for the greater and safety to the patient.
- WILL THIS OPERATION REMOVE THE CROW’S FEET FROM THE SIDE OF EYE?
This operation is designed to remove the extra skin and fat of the eyelid within the boundaries of the socket of the eye. It does not address the crow’s feet at the side of the eye and other techniques such as botulinum toxin injections are more helpful in addressing this.
- CAN BOTH MY UPPER AND LOWER EYELIDS BE TREATED AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes, this is preferred. These procedures may also be combined with a browlift procedure at the same time to correct the ‘droopy’ eyebrow if this is the case.
- WHEN CAN I WEAR MAKE-UP AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
You can wear make-up shortly after the sutures have been removed in 5 – 7 days.
- WHEN CAN I WEAR MY CONTACT LENSES?
You can wear your contact lenses when it is comfortable for you (usually between 3 to 7 days).
- Operating Time: 60 mins-180 mins (180 mins for both upper and lower eyelids)
- Anaesthetic: Local or General Anesthesia
- Hospital Stay: Day case or 1 Night
- Time off work: 2 weeks
- Exercise: After 6 weeks