Blepharoplasty corrects sagging eyelids, which may be due to age or hereditary factors.
The most common indications
Upper eyelids: the excess skin forms a fold over the eye, the permanently “swollen” appearance of the eyes.
Lower eyelids: withering, bulging fat (bags under the eyes).
For a better effect, blepharoplasty can often be combined with another facial treatment, such as lifting, peeling or other.
Before the procedure
Examination of the eyes and eyelids validates the absence of pathology and determines the type of procedure recommended. The preoperative assessment of the blepharoplasty is carried out in accordance with medical protocol and our anaesthetist will see you at the latest 48 hours prior to your procedure.
DAY D – 30: It is strongly recommended to stop smoking.
DAY D – 10: Stop taking any medication containing aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication.
Certain types of anaesthesia may require you to be fasting 6 hours prior to the procedure.
Average duration: between ½ hour and 2 hours
The blepharoplasty is carried out as follows:
- The incision of the upper eyelids is made in the crease between the mobile and the fixed part of the eyelid. The incision of the lower eyelids is made 1 to 2 mm below the eyelashes, and can be slightly extended outwards.
- The line of the incisions corresponds to the location of the future scars, which will therefore be hidden in the natural folds.
- The resection removes unaesthetic bulging fat as well as excess muscle and skin.
- The suture is done with very fine, non-resorbable threads, which are removed after a few days.
After the procedure
A blepharoplasty does not cause real pain, but some discomfort may be felt, with a local tightening sensation, irritation or mild visual disturbances. It is recommended to rest as much as possible during the first few days, to avoid any violent effort and to keep your head straight.
An oedema (swelling) appears, accompanied by ecchymoses (bruises) and watering eyes. Difficulty closing the eyelids completely or a slight detachment of the outer corner of the eye are sometimes reported. These phenomena are generally quickly reversible.
The sutures are removed between the 3rd and 7th day after the procedure and the scars gradually fade. During the first weeks, the scars may remain pinkish, but make-up can be applied quickly (usually from the 7th day). A slight hardening of the surgical areas may persist for a few months, but will not be noticed by the people around you.
A term of 3 to 6 months is ideal to appreciate the result of a blepharoplasty, the time it takes for the tissues to regain their suppleness and for the scars to fade. With realistic expectations, treated persons report that they are satisfied with a more rested, relaxed and awake appearance.