Services • Facial cosmetology

Blepharoplasty

What is  Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a procedure performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat.

It is usually done on the upper and/or lower eyelids to treat problems such as drooping or sagging eyelids, puffiness and bags under the eyes. During the procedure, incisions are made along the natural folds of the eyelids, allowing the targeted tissues to be removed or repositioned. The incisions are then closed with stitches.

Blepharoplasty can help improve vision, enhance eye aesthetics and provide a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Consultation with a qualified Ophthalmologist is essential to discuss the procedure.

 

Common Questions About Blepharoplasty

 

How long does it take to heal from blepharoplasty ? 

Let’s break down the healing process from blepharoplasty into different stages:

Initial Recovery (1-2 weeks):

Swelling: This is most noticeable in the first few days and gradually subsides within 1-2 weeks. Cold compresses can help reduce swelling.
Stitches: These are usually removed after 5-7 days.
Discomfort: You may experience some soreness and tightness around the eyes. Using pain medication prescribed by your doctor can help manage this.
Activity: It’s recommended to take it easy during this period, avoiding strenuous activities and heavy lifting. You will be able to return to work or school after a few days, depending on your job and how comfortable you feel.

Further Improvement (2-3 months):

Scarring: Scars initially appear slightly pink or raised but gradually fade and flatten over several months. They may not be completely invisible but tend to become very subtle.
Final results: The full aesthetic outcome of the surgery becomes more apparent during this period as swelling subsides and tissues settle into their final positions.


Long-Term Results:

Blepharoplasty results are considered permanent, meaning the improved appearance of the eyelids should last for many years. However, aging and natural changes to the face can continue over time.

Based on each individual case, at Paphos Eye and Laser Surgery we can provide personalized advice based on your unique procedure and healing progress. We will also provide suggestions and instructions to speed up your healing process.

Is blepharoplasty painful ?

Blepharoplasty as a cosmetic surgery is considered one of the least painful cosmetic procedures.

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, eliminating pain during the surgery itself. Most patients experience minimal discomfort afterwards, often manageable with common pain medication. The eyelid skin, while sensitive, has fewer pain receptors compared to other areas of the body. However, it’s important to understand that pain perception is subjective and varies from person to person. 

Now let’s see some side effects that may occur:

Swelling and bruising: These are common side effects and can contribute to a feeling of fullness or pressure around the eyes. Cold compresses can help manage these symptoms.
Dryness: You may experience temporary dryness due to stitches or slight changes in tear production. Lubricating eye drops can provide relief.

Is blepharoplasty safe ? 

At Paphos Eye and Laser Surgery, safety is our priority in order to ensure a successful and hassle free facial surgery. Even though Blepharoplasty is considered one of the safest procedures, we focus on quality and professionalism as well as pre operation communication with each patient. 

Compared to other surgical procedures, blepharoplasty boasts a relatively low complication rate and the potential risks associated with it are generally less severe:

  • Bleeding: Minor bleeding after surgery is possible but rare.
  • Infection: Proper hygiene and antibiotic use zeroes this risk.
  • Dry eyes: Temporary dryness or irritation resolves with lubricating eye drops.
  • Scarring: While scarring is uncommon, it’s a possibility, and good aftercare can help minimize its visibility.
  • Vision problems: Temporary blurred vision or double vision may occur but typically resolves quickly.

Each patient’s profile is unique, so it is essential for us to discuss your concerns as well as medical history in order to achieve optimal results. 

Is blepharoplasty worth it ? 

Deciding on blepharoplasty is a personal choice, and as a clinic we want to ensure you have all the facts. Are sagging eyelids affecting your confidence or even vision? Do eye bags and loose skin make you look tired? Is under-eye puffiness affecting your daily life? Blepharoplasty can address these, improving functionality and boosting your self-esteem.

Blepharoplasty can be a worthwhile option. Book an appointment so we can discuss it further and weigh the pros and cons together to make the best decision for you.

Is blepharoplasty permanent ? 

The surgery provides a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. The removal of excess tissue can last for years, and in most cases, these improvements are essentially lifelong. However, it’s important to remember that blepharoplasty does not halt the aging process. Over time, skin and tissues will naturally age, which may lead to some degree of relaxation of the skin in the eyelid area.

Factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and sun exposure can influence the longevity of the results. To maintain the results for as long as possible, it is advisable to follow a healthy lifestyle, protect your skin from sun damage, and use skincare products that promote skin health.

Is blepharoplasty done under local anesthesia ? 

Blepharoplasty can be performed under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The choice depends on various factors, such as:

Patient preference: Some patients prefer to be awake and alert during the procedure, while others prefer to be completely asleep.

Complexity of the procedure: More complex procedures may require general anesthesia for better control and comfort.

Medical history: Patients with certain medical conditions may not be suitable for general anesthesia.

Here’s a breakdown of the two options:

Local anesthesia with sedation:

Benefits:

  • Quicker recovery time
  • Reduced risk of complications associated with general anesthesia
  • Patient can communicate with the surgeon during the procedure

Drawbacks:

  • Patient may still feel some discomfort or pressure
  • Requires cooperation from the patient to remain still

General anesthesia:

Benefits:

  • Patient is completely asleep and unaware of the procedure
  • Provides optimal muscle relaxation for the surgeon
  • May be preferred for more complex procedures

Drawbacks:

  • Longer recovery time
  • Increased risk of complications associated with general anesthesia

Can blepharoplasty affect vision ?

Blepharoplasty generally aims to improve vision by addressing various obstructions, but every facial surgery can temporarily affect vision indirectly. Blurred vision, double vision, and light sensitivity might occur, usually lasting a few days. These are indirectly caused by swelling, are typically harmless and resolve on their own. If you have further questions or worries that need addressing, please contact us.