What is a blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to make eyes appear more youthful and alert, by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat gathered around the eyelids. The excess of skin, muscle, and fat generally cause sagging eyebrows, droopy eyelids, and eyebags.
Depending on the treatment area, there are three different types of blepharoplasty: upper blepharoplasty is commonly performed to improve a patient’s vision. Double eyelid surgery is performed to enhance the upper eyelid crease, making the eyes appear larger. And lower blepharoplasty is performed to improve the contour of the eyelid for cosmetic value.
What does a blepharoplasty procedure cover?
Blepharoplasty is more commonly known as an eyelift or eyelid surgery. The surgery can be performed on both the eyelids or the upper and lower eyelids separately. Most patients undergo a blepharoplasty to:
- Tighten any loose and sagging skin that folds the natural contour of the upper eyelids – the folds may not only affect the appearance of the eyes, but impair a person’s vision as well.
- Remove fat deposits around the eyes that make the eyelids appear puffy.
- Remove the bags beneath the eyes for a more alert appearance.
- Lift any drooping of the lower eyelids to help reveal the eyes better.
- Remove any excess skin and wrinkles that occur in the lower eyelids.
- Enhance the upper eyelid crease (folding a single eyelid into a double eyelid).
What happens before a blepharoplasty procedure?
Before a blepharoplasty procedure, patients will have to undergo a physical examination and a vision examination. The examinations may include a tear production test and a vision test. The eyes will also be measured and photographed at different angles to assist in the surgery.
Do note that our doctors will enquire about your medical history, including the use of any medications – you may be required to stop taking or readjust your current medications before the surgery. Our doctors will also be honest in addressing your expectations of the type of blepharoplasty you wish to undergo.
What is the process of a blepharoplasty procedure?
First, a numbing medication will be administered to minimise any possible discomfort during the procedure. Once the medication takes effect, the incisions will be made based on the treatment areas. After the necessary folds are made and the excess skin and fat are removed, the incisions will be closed with sutures or skin glue.
What happens after a blepharoplasty procedure?
Bruising and swelling will occur, worsening the day after surgery. Patients may also experience watering eyes, double vision, puffy and numb eyelids, pain, and discomfort. However, the downtime of a blepharoplasty is short – approximately seven to ten days. After two weeks, majority of the bruising will subside.
Do note that swelling may reduce quicker if patients avoid wearing eye makeup for a week and contact lenses for two weeks. It is also advisable to refrain from any strenuous physical activities for a week. Our doctors will advise on what you should and shouldn’t do, including the types of medications to take post surgery.
Most patients will see the results of a blepharoplasty procedure after the bruising subsides. Some patients may have results that last a lifetime, while others may require to undergo another surgery.
Who is a blepharoplasty suitable for?
A blepharoplasty is suitable for healthy individuals. It may not be suitable for those with a medical history that affects the recovery rate of the surgery, and individuals with serious eye conditions. Our doctors will advise if a blepharoplasty is right for you during a consultation session.
Are there risks involved in a blepharoplasty procedure?
Yes – as with any surgery, there are risks involved. After undergoing an eyelid surgery, some patients may experience an infection and bleeding from the incision lines, dry and irritated eyes, a sensitivity to bright light, scarring, injury in the eye muscles, a discoloration of the skin, numbness in the skin, pain, temporary blurred vision, and a difficulty in closing the eyes. A minority of patients may need a follow-up (revision) surgery.
Should you have any worries, our doctors will explain all the surgical risks involved during a consultation session. Our doctors will assist you in weighing out the risks and benefits – including their professional and experienced advice – before you make a decision to proceed.
Can a blepharoplasty be combined with other surgical procedures?
Yes, blepharoplasty can be combined with other surgical procedures such as an eyebrow lift and a facelift. It can also be combined with some of our other available treatments. Based on your cosmetic needs, our doctors will advise on the best procedure and treatment combinations for you to see the best results.
How much does a blepharoplasty cost?
The cost of the procedure will vary depending on the type of blepharoplasty you wish to undergo. Most surgical fees will include our doctors’ fees, medication cost, medical test fees, and equipment cost. During a consultation session, our doctors will explain the full surgery cost to you.
Before and After
*Results will vary between patients.