Blepharoplasty is an operation that removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. The excess skin is usually due to ageing. Sometimes stretching of the skin on the eyelid can occur from episodes of swelling due to infection or allergy.
The procedure is usually performed as day case surgery using local anaesthesia. You in be given anaesthesia drops into your eyes to numb them. Your face will then be cleansed using an antiseptic iodine solution and your face will be covered by drapes. Anaesthetic is also injected under the eyelid skin; this may be slightly painful however it means you shouldn’t be able to feel anything during the procedure. The excess skin is then cut away and the wounds are stitched back together. After the procedure ointment is put on the wounds and eye pads applied to the eyelids.
There is not much you can do to prepare for this procedure. The procedure is done under local anaesthetic and therefore doesn’t require any fasting or other special precautions. It is important to ask your doctor about if you should take any medications or eye drops before the procedure.
After the procedure, the eye pads are left on for about an hour to help reduce bruising. If there is blood in your eye you can clean the eyelid gently using tissues soaked in clean water. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you are in pain or discomfort. It will usually take a few days for the pain and discomfort to settle. The eyelids may appear bruised/swollen for a few days, this is normal. Exercise and work can be resumed within a few days. You should not drive home after the operation for a few days after. You should continue to take drops or ointments given after the procedure for a week or so. The eyelids normally heal well and the wound is usually hidden.
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