When considering cosmetic surgery, it is important that you are fully informed on all aspects of the procedure that you are seeking. We aim to provide guidance on your decision to proceed to an individualized, full and confidential consultation with the plastic / cosmetic surgeon who will perform the operation.
In eye bag removal (blepharoplasty) excess skin and fat are removed from the eyelids in order to produce a more alert and youthful appearance. As we get older, our skin naturally loses some of its elasticity, the skin of our eyelids becomes loose. The excess skin of the upper lid may fold over, producing a hooded effect. In the lower lid the result may be deepening furrow or creases. In addition, as we get older our facial muscles weaken allowing the fat that cushions the eye to protrude, producing noticeable bags under the eyes.
It is important that, before you see the surgeon, you consider what you are trying to achieve from your surgery. In particular, you must understand that the surgeon will only be removing the skin and /or fat from the area immediately around the eye. Eye bag removal alone does not affect wrinkles, folds and creases that lie away from the area around the eye socket itself e.g. crows feet or laugh lines.
as with all surgery, you must presume to feel bruised and aching. Your eyes are likely to be swollen. Make up and dark glasses can usually cover any bruising. The final result may not be obvious for three to six months. You may be asked to keep your head elevated for a few days to help the swelling go down. Cold compresses may be used several hours after surgery. Sutures are removed after three to five days. To begin with, the scars will somewhat pink but will fade over a period of time. In many patients, they are barely visible in nine to twelve months. Although, it is important to remember that no surgical scar ever totally vanish.
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the safest of medical procedure. However, all patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is absolutely free from risk. At consultation, your surgeon will discuss these risks with you.
For the great majority of patients, the results of their eye bag removal are permanent. Of course, in the younger patient the chances that further eye bags may develop with time are high.