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Eye Lid Surgery, Eye Bag Removal or Blepharoplasty

“The eyes are the windows of the soul” did not become a cliché for nothing. The eyes can also make or break a person’s face. Beautiful eyes connote beautiful face. But nothing ages a face than our eyes. As we get older, it is but common to develop lower eye bags and hooding of the upper eyelid which tend to make us look older and tired than we feel, and worse, may even interfere with our vision.


An Eye Lid Surgery or Blepharoplasty is the solution to this problem. This procedure is a series of various operations for reshaping the eyelids to solve aesthetic and functional problems (such as to improve vision problems). It involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle from around the eyes to correct droopy eyelids, protruding eye bags of the lower eyelids, or also to create an upper eyelid fold (to westernize slit eyes).

The upper eyelids, on the other hand is what affects those who are slit-eyed or where the ‘drooping eye’ effect begins. This is also the part where excessive skin becomes most severe, forming a heavy fold that drops over the normal lid crease over the upper eyelid itself. In some patients, the curtain of the skin from the upper eyelid may be partially due to sagging of the eyebrow. Then, it may be necessary to advise elevation of these structures at the same time that the upper eyelid facial procedure is performed. Through sliteye surgery, slits are enhanced wherein folds are formed that can make it easier to put on make-up, as in the case of females.

The lower eyelids are the ones where eye bags form, which is caused by extruded fat from the eyeball cavity and produces that very old, very tired look to the face. Eyebag removal surgery is recommended when one reaches middle age, or in some cases among younger people, is hereditary.

Although most of our patients are 38 or older, our surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Alonzo, suggests that if droopy and baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age. 

The surgery:

The length of surgery is about 30 to 45 minutes per eyelid under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The incision area is placed in a natural skin folds and usually barely visible. This surgery causes mild discomfort but it is easily controlled with oral medication.

Post surgery and recovery:

For the first few days, it is normal to experience intermittent flow of tears; slight blurring of vision or a sandy feeling in the eyes, eyedrops is recommended. Some bruising or swelling is unavoidable, but it will disappear within one or two weeks.
 
The stitches are removed 5 to 7 days after the surgery. For the first few weeks, the scar lines will be a little red, slightly irregular and bumpy, but these will be resolved over a period of time. Routine activities can be resumed within two days and can return to work within seven days. Wearing dark glasses can help hide traces of bruising or swelling.

Blepharoplasty gives more young looking face; combine with rhinoplasty, facelift, Forehead Lift or botox injection.

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