Blepharoplasty, a cosmetic procedure

Blepharoplasty is the procedure that treats aesthetic problems of the upper and lower eyelids, such as excess skin in the upper eyelid, bags of fat or dark circles under the eyes.

The intervention can be on the upper and lower eyelids.

-In the upper eyelids, a small portion of the eyelid skin is removed. This incision follows the natural folds of the eyelid so that the scars are barely visible. The stitches are removed after a few days and the postoperative period is not uncomfortable.

-In the lower eyelids, the procedure is more complex. The access is through the conjunctiva of the eye, and in this way the fat packets that give the ear a bulging appearance are reduced.

The type of anesthesia is usually local for the upper eyelids; on the other hand, for the lower eyelids, general anesthesia is used.

Aesthetic blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a fundamentally aesthetic intervention, because the problems give a tired appearance. But it can also be a health intervention in those cases in which the excess skin of the upper eyelid forms a curtain that reduces the patient’s field of vision.

Benefits and risks of blepharoplasty

The clearest benefits are aesthetic, as it gives patients a more rejuvenated appearance and a more cheerful expression by not having drooping eyelids and bulging that give dark circles.

Its risks, as in any other intervention, are minimized if the patients are properly selected and the surgeon has sufficient training and experience. Complications are rare, with the exception of patients with pathologies such as hypertension or diabetes, where the risks are higher.