Q: What is blepharoplasty?
A: Blepharoplasty is a surgery of the upper and or lower eyelids. This is primarily done to improve the appearance of eyelids which have a tendency to sag down with aging along with the prominence of eye bags. Although this is a cosmetic indication, this surgery is also done for reconstructive purpose when sagging eyelids tend to block vision.
Q: Why does a person need blepharoplasty?
A: Aging creates a visible droop in the eyelids along with wrinkling which makes the eyelids appear unaesthetic. Additionally, the saggy eyelids can create a problem with vision when they tend to droop down. All of these cases can be addressed with a blepharoplasty surgery.
Q: What are the advantages of blepharoplasty?
A: Blepharoplasty improves the aesthetic look of the eyelids and also tends to improve vision by addressing the saggy eyelids. However, vision problems emanating from other causes cannot be corrected by this surgery.
Q: What are the risks of blepharoplasty surgery?
A: Bleeding, infection, visible scarring, double vision, asymmetric appearance of eyelids, contracture of eyelids, persistent watering of eyes and in major cases loss of vision encompass the major risks of this surgery.
Q: What anesthesia is used for this surgery?
A: This surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia.
Q: How long is the recovery time after blepharoplasty?
A: There can be bruising and swelling of the eyelids after blepharoplasty which tend to come down over the next 7-14 days although some swelling may still remain. The final results are evaluated 6 months after the procedure.