Eyelids are frequently the first part of the face to show aging. It is done usually to reverse the signs of aging. Occasionally similar situation may be present in younger individuals and it is done even on persons in their twenties. Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for surgery.
- Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
- Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, perhaps impairing vision.
- A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tire.
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids.
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes, often with a depression along the bony border of the lower eyelids.
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye).
Aesthetic surgery can usually correct these problems, though other treatments may also need to be considered. For example, if the upper eyelid condition is accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a forehead lift may be recommended. Smoothing of crow’s feet may require chemical peeling or laser resurfacing procedures. Circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation may be treated with chemical peel.
- Anaesthesia: General / Local
- Duration of Surgery: 1-2 hours
- Where: Operation theatre
- Hospital Stay: Daycare surgery
- Stitches: Removed in 5 days. Scar fades
- Recovery: Eyelids are swollen for 1-2 weeks. Back to work in one week
- How is it Done: For upper eyelid surgery, generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.
For lower eyelids incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges.
Frequently Asked Questions – Eyelid Surgery
What is the right age to have eyelid surgery?
Usual age is after 40. But sometimes younger people have the eyelid features associated with aging so eyelid surgery is done for people in their twenties and thirties.
What are the risks associated with eyelid surgery?
Generally eyelid surgery is safe. Potential complications include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection and reactions to anesthesia. Following the surgery, there can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye that requires treatment. There is a possibility of a temporary decrease in sensation of the eyelid skin or impaired eyelid function that sometimes may need to be corrected by additional surgery.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after your eyelid surgery.
I have chinky eyes. Can they be made to look different?
In chinky eyes the upper eyelid crease is absent and it’s possible to make that crease.