This is a procedure to surgically remove any excess skin and fat of the lower eyelids.
What is lower blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or eye job, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids by tightening muscles and tissue and removing excess fat and skin.
What causes fat pads under the eyes?
Fat pads (bags) under the eyes occur when the fat pad retaining ligaments there relax and allow the normal fat to slip down, making the area bulge and the fat to become visible as swellings. This tendency is generally hereditary (familial). Excess fluid can also accumulate there, making the lower lids look even puffier and more swollen.
When do you need a Blepharoplasty?
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty and fat pad (eye bags) removal is almost always performed for cosmetic purposes. Eyelid correction can have a drastic effect on the face and improve a person’s self-confidence.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are in their 30s or older, in good health and without eye conditions, but no real age requirement exists for blepharoplasty and can be safely performed on younger patients beyond the age of 18. Please advise us if you have glaucoma, dry eyes or detached retina.
How is it performed?
Blepharoplasty is usually carried out transconjunctivally for better and safer results, this means through the (conjunctiva) surface of the inside of the lower eyelid so as not to leave any scars on the outside.
It is performed painlessly under local anaesthetic, with some sedation for extra comfort if you prefer, and takes around two hours. This procedure is among the least painful of cosmetic procedures and it is unlikely that you will require any strong pain relievers afterwards.
Will I need time off after the procedure?
Although the procedure is not major you will still need to take some time off work, usually 7-10 days, because of bruising and swelling. It may take a few weeks for the swelling to subside completely and 4-6 weeks to see the final result
Do not participate in strenuous activities for at least three weeks. You may find it tiring to watch TV for the first few days. Makeup can be applied after 10 days.
What alternatives are there to surgery?
Injections, botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing and radiofrequency needling can all help but only surgical blepharoplasty will give the best results which are also long term or permanent.
Most concerns have more than one course of treatment. Feel free to contact us so one of our team can discuss options for your unique concern.