Eyelid Surgery of the Lower Eyelids (Blepharoplasty)

Treatment information

During eyelid surgery of the lower eyelids, excess fat and skin is removed. This helps eliminate bags and loose skin under the eyes, resulting in a fresher appearance, as well as a smoother and firmer skin.

Generally about the treatment

Eyelid surgery of the lower eyelids is a procedure, where excess skin, and sometimes also fat, is removed from the lower eyelids.

Sagging and loose skin under the eyelids is usually a hereditary and age determined phenomenon.

Under normal circumstances, both eyelids are operated on in order to create a symmetric result. During the lower eyelid surgery, bags and loose skin under the eyes are alleviated, thereby achieving a smoother and firmer skin, as well as a fresh and more positive facial expression.

Lower eyelid surgery is often done in combination with surgery of the upper eyelids or in combination with other cosmetic facial surgery.

Suitability

Fit and healthy people over the age of 18, with eye bags and loose skin.

Be aware, that this form of surgery has no effect on dark circles under the eyes or on sunken eyebrows.

The procedure

Prior to the operation, the surgeon marks out how much excess skin is to be removed. On the lower eyelids the incision is made 1-2 mm from the edge of the eyelid. Then the skin is loosened, and excess fat and potential fat pillows are removed, after which the skin is tightened and sewn together again, using fine stitches.

The operation lasts about an hour. For surgery of both upper and lower eyelids, it will obviously take a little longer.

Anaesthesia

The operation is usually carried out on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia and combined with soothing medicine. The procedure can also be done under general anaesthesia.

Side-effects

Temporary discomfort after the surgery. The eyelids can feel tight and dry. Swelling and contusions (bruising). Burning sensations in the eyes. Tear formation and sensitivity to light during the first couple of weeks. Temporary blurred or double vision.

Risk of complications

Infections, bleeding and swelling in the eyelid corners. Permanent dry eyes. Asymmetry of the healing or asymmetric scar formation. Difficulties with closing the eyes completely as well as risk of blindness, although this is very rare.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

It will be possible to read again after 2-3 days.
Work may be resumed after 1-2 weeks. Use of contacts: 2 weeks or more. For strenuous activities and contact sports: approximately 3 weeks. Contusions and swelling will not disappear until after several weeks.

Duration of the result

The result has effect for several years, and in some cases it is permanent.