With age, skin and underlying muscle of the eyelids loosen. This may result in skin folds forming in the upper eyelids and deep skin wrinkles in the lower eyelids. Slackening of the muscle allows fat, which is normally found in the eye-socket, to project forwards and produce eyelid bags.
Blepharoplasty removes excess skin, muscle and fat to produce a more youthful-looking eye. In most instances the operation is cosmetic; however in some people the skin is so loose that it hangs over the eyelashes and obstructs vision.
The procedure itself is very quick – approximately 25 minutes per eyelid and is performed under local anesthetic. The incision is concealed within the eyelid crease and heals very quickly. Recovery usually takes about 7 days. Wearing sunglasses will accelerate by a few days the return to non-strenuous social activity.