What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?
This is accomplished by removing excess skin and pockets of fat from the upper and lower eyelids.
Many patients combine blepharoplasty with alternative treatments such as a brow lift or cosmetic dermal fillers used to treat crow’s feet. This relatively minor cosmetic surgery procedure can refresh the appearance of the face and leave it looking years younger.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery can best benefit patients who have sagging skin reducing their field of vision. This procedure removes fatty deposits and excess skin from the upper eyelid, it can be performed either under local or general anesthetic. Incisions are made in the natural crease of the eye.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
A lower eyelid surgery removes fatty deposits and skin from the lower lid. A small incision is made on the inside of the eyelid to hide the scar. This creates a firmer more youthful look. Lower eyelid surgery allows the surgeon to transfer fat or dermal fillers to hollowed areas under the eye, creating a plump smoother appearance.
This surgery is for patients with less pronounced under eye bags. This procedure alleviates the appearance of bags and sagging by removing fatty deposits without removing any excess skin. Since this is performed through tiny incisions there is minimal to no scarring.
The Ideal Candidate
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery. The right candidate will understand that eyelid surgery is performed exclusively to remove under-eye bags, correct puffy upper eyelids, and restore vision that is obscured by excess skin and fat in the eyelids. Unfortunately, the presence of certain ophthalmic and medical conditions can exclude one from having the blepharoplasty procedure performed.
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty include those patients who have:
- Puffy upper eyelids
- Tired looking eyes
- Excess upper eyelid skin
- At least 18 years old:
- In good physical and mental health
- Realistic expectations
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Surgery Cost?
Before any surgery can be scheduled a consultation must take place, here the surgeon will assess the patient’s needs and suggest the best procedure to achieve the required results.
Surgical cost are subject to:
- Duration of procedure
- Duration of your hospitalisation recovery
- Additional procedures required
Consultation Fee: R1000
(Estimated Price: R25 000)
This number includes anaesthesia and operating room fees. However, the total cost of your treatment will depend on your individual needs and goals. A number of factors will influence the final total of your procedure.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Before & After
Blepharoplasty Surgery Recovery
Though eyelid surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, there is some pain associated with the post-operative recovery phase. Following eyelid surgery, your eyelids will most likely feel sore and tight while the anesthesia is wearing off. Following eyelid surgery, swelling is likely to occur around the incision areas. voiding excessive blinking as well as strenuous activities that increase blood flow to the eyes can help to reduce or even prevent extreme swelling.
Recovery time can take anything from 1 week to 4 weeks.
Complications | Risks | Side Effects | Scar
In most instances, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed to correct certain aesthetic or functional abnormalities of the eyelids. The benefits of this type of procedure are great. However, with eyelid surgery, as with all surgeries, the inherent side effects and risks must be weighed while considering if the procedure is right for you. Most
side effects associated with eyelid surgery are temporary, but permanent impairment must always be a realistic concern.
Normal Side Effects
After undergoing the surgery, the patient may feel all or none of these very normal and common side effects:
- Bruising and swelling
- General discomfort
Other Side Effects
As with all surgeries, eyelid surgery comes with risks and potential complications that vary in severity. These complications can result from eyelid surgery, including:
- Ectropian (A drooping effect causing the lower lid to invert)
- Retinal detachment (Retina is separated from the outer layer of the eye)
- Excessive tearing
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Dryness, burning of the eyes
- Formation of whiteheads
- Difficulty keeping eyes closed when sleeping
- Blurred or double vision
These risks will be fully disclosed and explained by the surgeon, if at any point post surgery a patient suffers from any serious side effects – please consult your surgeon immediately.