Eye Bag and Lid Removal
Blepharoplasty refers to something as simple as eye bag and eye lid removal. It is a surgical procedure often used to remove and/or reposition excess skin and excess fat from the eyelid, whether it is upper or lower (eye bag) or sometimes both.
The first step in a blepharoplasty procedure is the consultation with the cosmetic surgeon. The surgeons at Canova Medical are all highly-trained, medically qualified, recognized and authorized to practice.
After a careful examination of your eyes and eyelids, the surgeon can immediately approve or disapprove your desired blepharoplasty procedure. Moreover he will discuss the procedure at length and explain the risks involved.
It is quite normal to be nervous on the day of the surgery but it normally takes only 1 to 2 hours. Eyelid removal usually involves the removal of excess skin and possibly excess fat starting with an incision following the creases of your upper eyelids (for upper eyelid removal). When the skin has been separated from the underlying fat and tissue, the surgeon can easily remove the excess fat and trim the sagging and excess skin and muscle.
He closes the incision with very fine sutures. For lower lid/eyebag removal, a different technique called “transconjuctival blepharoplasty” is often used. It involves making an incision right inside the lower lid to remove the excess fat without leaving any visible scar on the exterior.
Generally, patients that undergo surgery can go home the same day.
Recovering From Your Surgery
Expect to have some bruising and swelling around the eyes and this can last between 2 weeks to a month depending on how fast your body heals itself. If you want to increase the healing process and the swelling to go down, you can apply a cold compress to your eyes.
You will initially be prescribed painkillers. When your eyes feel dry and/or itchy, you may wish to use eye ointment that your surgeon has recommended.
Feeling sensitive to light, blurry vision or double vision are common side effects after the surgery. They will disappear in time as soon as the eyes adjust and heal.
You still need to protect your eyes when you want to go out. You also need to keep your activities, especially reading or watching TV, to a minimum to avoid stressing the eyes too much. As much as possible, you need to avoid strenuous activities for the first 4 weeks or so.