Often the eyelids are the first to get damaged when the face begins to change imperceptibly but progressively, making the eyes look less youthful and sagging.
This phenomenon, in addition to giving the face a tired, less lively and less expressive appearence, can make it difficult to lift the eyelids completely.
Sometimes, especially in the presence of a family history of fat bags around the eyes, it is possible that this problem can occur from an early age, causing a prematurely aging appearance. The surgical procedure useful for the correction of such a defect is blepharoplasty: it is a surgical operation able to remove the skin and the excess orbital fat bags. This must be planned according to the patient’s individual problems and can be performed simultaneously on both the upper and lower eyelids. This type of surgery can give a more youthful appearance but without changing the expression of the person’s eyes.
The upper eyelid surgery is performed by making a cutaneous incision placed in the top palpebral fold. The skin and excess fat is removed and giving the eyes an very natural expression.
For the lower eyelid, the incision is made immediately below the eyelash attachment in order to remove the excess fat and skin.
The incisions are concealed in the anatomical folds. Scars on the eyelids are typically very fine and inapparent in the vast majority of cases.
Surgery can be carried out with the use of a specific laser. With the laser you can remove the excess skin and fat and at the same time coagulates the small blood vessels decreasing postoperative swelling and the risk of bruising.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
The operation is carried out under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preferences, requiring only a few hours’ or a day’s stay in hospital.
How long is the post-operative period?
The post operative period is very short and in a few days all swelling is reabsorbed and the scar is imperceptible. The strong rejuvenating result is of great satisfaction to the patient.
Complications due to abnormal scarring, such as lagophthalmos (incomplete closure of the eye) and ectropion (excessive stretching of the lower eyelid), in expert hands are very rare and, in any case, treatable.
Stiches are generally removed after five days.
Postoperative recovery is quick and especially with the use of make-up or some sunglasses, one can generally resume normal activities after about 7-14 days.