- Eye diseases (i.e., glaucoma, dry eye, or a detached retina)
- Thyroid disorders (i.e., Graves’ disease, under or overactive thyroid)
- Cardiovascular problems (i.e., high blood pressure, and other circulatory disorders)
What Can You Expect from the Procedure?
The surgeon may perform the procedure under local or general anesthesia depending on the surgical plan, the patient’s and surgeon’s preferences, and the need for concurrent procedures.
Simple upper/lower eyelid blepharoplasty warrants the use of local anesthesia wherein it only needs skin removal to take place. On the other hand, more invasive procedures like lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning, mid-face lifts, and endoscopic browlifts, may require general anesthesia.
Upper eyelid surgery usually entails the following:
- Creating a cut (incision) along the eyelid crease where the natural skin fold is.
- Removing excess skin, fat, or muscle around the area.
- Closing the incision. The natural fold of the eyelid may help cover the scar.
Meanwhile, lower eyelid surgery usually involves the following:
- Creating an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid or just below the lower lashes.
- Repositioning or removing fat from bags beneath the eyes, as well as a small amount of skin.
- Supporting the eyelid muscles and tendon when necessary.
- Closing the incision.
Upper blepharoplasty can take up to an hour, whereas lower lid surgery can take up to 2 hours.
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