Baggy Eyes Surgery Baggy eyes treatment (Blepharoplasty):

Eyelid surgery (technically called Blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping eyelids and puffy bags below your eyes, features that make you look older and more tired up than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift.

Types of anesthesia?

Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia - which numbs the area around your eyes- along with oral or intravenous sedatives. You'll be awake during the surgery, but relaxed and insensitive to pain. We may use even general anesthesia if you so desire; in that case, you'll sleep through the operation.

The surgery?

Blepharoplasty usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. If you're having all four eyelids done, we will work on the upper lids first, then the lower ones. In a typical procedure we make incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids: in the creases of your upper lids, and just below the lashes in the lower lids. Working through these incisions, we separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, remove excess fat, and often trim sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.

If you have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids but don't need to have any skin removed, we may perform a trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure the incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar.

Getting back to normal?

You should be able to read or watch television after two days. However, you won't be able to wear contact lenses for about two weeks.

Most people feel ready to go out in public in a week. By then, you'll probably be able to wear makeup to hide the bruising that remains. You may be sensitive to sunlight, wind, and other irritants for several weeks, so you should wear sunglasses and a special sun block made for eyelids when you go out.

We will tell you to keep your activities to a minimum for three to five days, and to avoid more strenuous activities for about two weeks. It's especially important to avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, including bending, lifting, and rigorous sports. You will also be told to avoid alcohol, since it causes fluid retention.

Your new look?

Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain as a imperceptible thin line incorporated in the lid creases.

On the other hand, the positive results of your eyelid surgery-the more alert and youthful look-will last for years.

After surgery, the upper eye lids no longer droop and the skin under the eyes is smooth and firm.