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Open Your Eyes to the Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty Dubai | 30 November 2019

Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a common cosmetic surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of drooping or sagging eyelids. It can also relieve any issues caused by excess skin around the eyes. It’s a relatively simple and minor procedure, but many people are understandably nervous about having surgery near their eyes. Specialising in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive eye surgery, Dr. Matteo Vigo is perfectly placed to explain everything you need to know about having a blepharoplasty.

Why do some people need or want eyelid surgery?

As we age, the skin around our eyes and eyelids can become droopy or saggy. This causes eye bags or hooded, heavy eyes. Some people also have pockets of excess fat around their eyes that can lead to the same tired looking, droopy eyelids. Excess skin around the eyes can also be caused by long term allergies or infections stretching the skin, or by smoking or being exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Sometimes, this excess skin can be heavy, making it difficult to open the eyes, which can affect the vision. Other times, some people simply don’t like the look of their droopy eyelids. Either way, surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids, called a blepharoplasty, can help, either medically, cosmetically, or both.

What kind of anaesthetic is used during eyelid surgery?

A blepharoplasty can be carried out under a local anaesthetic alongside a sedation. This means that your eyelids will be numbed and although you’ll be awake, you’ll feel relaxed and drowsy. It can also be carried out under a general anaesthetic where you’re asleep for the whole procedure. You’ll be able to discuss your options, your preferences and your surgeon’s preferences with your surgeon at your pre-operative assessment. Most of the time, you’ll be able to return home on the same day as your surgery.

What does eyelid surgery involve?

Depending on whether you’re having upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or both, a blepharoplasty involves your surgeon removing the excess tissue that is making your eyelids appear heavy, tired or droopy.

What is upper eyelid surgery?

An upper blepharoplasty is carried out on the upper eyelids to help improve the tone and tightness of the skin between the eyebrows and the upper eyelashes. It will help to minimise excess skin that can cause the upper lids to appear heavy and creased. I will make an incision in the skin of the upper eyelid where the skin naturally creases, to minimise scarring. They will then remove the excess tissue that is causing the heavy eyelids (this can be fat, muscle or excess skin) before closing the incision using small stitches. These stitches are designed to dissolve or fall out over the weeks following surgery. Upper eyelid surgery usually takes around an hour.

What is lower eyelid surgery?

A lower blepharoplasty is carried out on the lower eyelids to help correct loose, drooping skin and eye bags between the lower eyelashes and the tops of the cheeks. It can also help to correct darker, crepey skin and puffiness under the eyes.