The appearance of the eyes has a significant impact on one’s facial aesthetics. As we age, our skin has less elasticity and less firmness thus fat pads shift position. Drooping or sagging skin in the eye area may lead to dark circles under the eyes, a tired &/ angry eye expression. In severe cases, extra folds of skin may interrupt or impair the functions of the eye &/ obstruct one’s field of super-lateral vision. Fortunately, there is an effective solution: Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery.

What is Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical approach developed to eliminate excess skin and fat in the eyelid area. Addressing skin laxity and orbital fat will have a direct positive aesthetic impact on the appearance of both the eyes, brows and cheeks.

Blepharoplasty can be performed on one or both eyes and can include the:
• Upper eyelid(s)
• Lower eyelid(s)
• Both eyelids simultaneously

Who can benefit from Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a gender-friendly surgery. Men and women are both able to enjoy its rejuvenating results in facial aesthetics. Pre-surgical evaluation assesses an individual’s unique aesthetic features and determines the correct operative surgical approach.

Blepharoplasty; The Procedure

Blepharoplasty takes place in theatre or as an outpatient and may be performed under local or general anaesthesia. During surgery small incisions are made in the targeted area. The Surgeon will then work carefully to excise extra fat, remove redundant skin and shift remaining tissue. In order to prevent visible scarring, incisions are precisely placed & are concealed within the natural folds of the eyelids. After removal &/ repositioning of the skin and fat is complete, the incisions are closed with minute stitches or medical glue.

Blepharoplasty: Recovery

Recovery from Blepharoplasty is straight-forward, and your Surgeon will work closely with you to ensure proper pain management. Ice or Cooling Packs are often recommended to applied in the 72 hours following surgery to minimize swelling. Antibiotic topical cream is generally prescribed. Any non-absorbent sutures are removed after seven days. Visible scarring is rare as great care is taken to ensure that incisions are well-hidden within remaining skin folds of the eyelid(s). It is of the utmost importance to follow doctors’ pre-operative and post-operative orders in detail.

The Benefits of Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty offers both multiple anti-ageing and medical advantages.

Its popularity as a Cosmetic Surgery continues to grow as it remains the only effective option for dealing with and eliminating excess skin and fat on and around the eyelids.

There have been non-surgical treatments developed to mimic certain Cosmetic Surgery results, some of which do offer good results*. However, there is currently no effective alternative to Belpharoplasty Surgery. It is inadvisable to address these aesthetic concerns using lasers, Botulinum Toxin, or dermal fillers due to the sensitive and delicate nature of the eye area. Blepharoplasty provides excellent anti-ageing results that are permanent. The accessibility of Blepharoplasty for men and women and high rates of patient satisfaction make it an excellent procedure for a restored youthful aesthetic.

*To learn more about the Non-Surgical alternatives to specific Cosmetic Surgeries – click here.

Choosing a Surgeon

The Cosmetic Surgeon chosen to complete a Blepharoplasty Surgery ought to be established, reputable and board-certified. They ought to be well-versed in the multiple surgical approaches to Blepharoplasty so as to avail themselves of the technique best-suited to the unique features and desired outcomes of each individual.

Dr Anton Potgieter is located in Sandton, South Africa. He has years of experience in both Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. Contact our clinic today to discover how Dr Potgieter can assist you in accentuating the beauty that you already possess.

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