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Top Questions about Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) is a commonly-performed procedure that improves hooding of the upper eyelids and bags in the lower eyelids. This procedure, often called an “eye lift,” is designed to rejuvenate the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes, leaving patients with a more rested, rejuvenated and alert look.

Let’s take a closer look at this procedure and some of most common questions surrounding it.

Top Patient Questions about Blepharoplasty

  1. Who should perform blepharoplasty? Since the eyes are precious, special care must be taken by surgeons to assess them prior to surgery and protect them throughout the procedure. A skilled, experienced surgeon trained in both ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery is the ideal choice to perform this procedure safely and effectively.
  2. How can patients avoid an ‘operated’ look from cosmetic surgery on the lower eyelids? Patients can avoid an ‘operated’ look by undergoing the surgery via an incision on the inside of the lower eyelids, i.e. a transconjunctival lower eyelid blepharoplasty, with fat being repositioned over the tear trough area to help to improve lower eyelid dark circles or hollows (‘tear trough defects’). This approach is ideal for patients who have lower eyelid ‘bags’ but little lower eyelid skin laxity.
  3. How can patients avoid a hollow-eyed look following a blepharoplasty? Your surgeon can avoid creating a hollow-eyed look by avoiding fat removal in the lower eyelids and by relying on fat repositioning instead. In the upper eyelids, inner fat can be gently reduced, but the central fat pads should be left undisturbed in most patients. This will help the eyes look younger, while avoiding that sunken, hollow-eyed look.
  4. What is the best form of anaesthesia for a blepharoplasty? ‘Twilight anaesthesia’ is the most effective and safest form of anaesthesia for this procedure, as it is associated with minimal bleeding and a smooth recovery. It also helps to avoid coughing associated with recovery from general anaesthesia, which can cause more bruising and swelling to occur, and which can result in a more prolonged period of recovery.
  5. Why do I need to avoid Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines for 2 weeks before surgery? These medicines should be avoided as they thin the blood and can cause more bleeding during surgery, while also resulting in more marked bruising following the procedure.  If you are medically required to take these kinds of medicines however, make sure you discuss this with your surgeon.
  6. Why might I need a brow lift with an upper-lid blepharoplasty? A drooping of the eyebrows can cause many patients to have the appearance of loose skin folds in the upper eyelids.  An upper lid blepharoplasty alone cannot elevate a drooping brow, but combining this procedure with a brow lift can be an effective solution. In some patients, a brow lift can be achieved non-surgically, with the use of Botox injections.

Blepharoplasty in Manchester

To learn more about blepharoplasty, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our clinic is located in South Manchester, not far from the airport, and you can reach us at 0161 947 2720. We look forward to hearing from you.

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