Eyelid surgery refers to the cosmetic procedure which allows to remove the excess skin and fat bags of the eyelid region, either upper or lower in men and women.
The upper blepharoplasty removes the excess skin from the upper eyelid and is a relatively easy procedure carried out under local anaesthetic with or without sedation as a day case.
The upper blepharoplasty is not purely a cosmetic treatment as the lateral vision can be obscured by the saggy skin on to the eyelashes.
It is worth noting that the upper blepharoplasty does not change the eyebrow position which can be obtained by an ancillary procedure named as eyebrow lift frequently performed with the upper blepharoplasty.
Younger patients may present with fat bags only – rather than excess skin. These patients will benefit from a scar-less eye bag removal performed through the conjunctiva. If an excess of skin is noticeable then a small external scar will be required in order to remove the fat and gently remove the excess skin. The scar will run parallel to the lower eyelid towards the side and will become less and less noticeable within the next 12 months.
Very often the apparent excess skin on the upper eyelid is due to a descent or drooping of the eyebrow. This is the case when an upper blepharoplasty alone will not address the issue. An eyebrow lift is required in order to lift the eyebrow in a higher position so that the apparent excess skin on the upper eyelid can be stretched and flattened. The upper blepharoplasty and eyebrowlift can be performed together..