Blepharoplasty (aka eyelid lift surgery) is one of the most requested surgeries, and it’s not hard to see why.

Blepharoplasty is the medical name for an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery and rated as one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries worldwide. This is because it is less invasive than most other plastic surgeries, and yet produces impressively youthful results. In fact, it is so effective in turning back the clock that anyone considering a facelift may stop here. It is also a favourite add-on surgery during a Mommy Makeover.

You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking an eyelid lift sounds like the biggest bang-for-your-buck surgery. Firstly, it’s not as costly as a full facelift and yet it seems to have an impressive rejuvenating effect on the whole face. Secondly, the procedure is quick (1-2 hours) and the results are long-lasting. As a bonus, there is minimal scarring – hidden from view in the natural creases of the eye. And, eyelid surgery is one of the least painful plastic surgeries.

Who is a good candidate for Blepharoplasty?

They say our eyes are the windows to our soul, reflecting how we feel inside. Do you have friends asking what is wrong all the time even when you feel fine? Or do people tend to avoid you because they think you are angry or unapproachable? Droopy or puffy eyelids and under-eye bags can make people assume you are grumpy, worried, or tired. If this sounds familiar an eyelid lift surgery may be worth considering.

Although blepharoplasty in South Africa is most often only requested by mature patients, there are some young adults wanting eyelid improvements too. These are the ones who have inherited the family heavy hooded eyelids or, excess skin under the eyes. If this is something that’s bothering you, make an appointment and come discuss your options. Dr van der Velde will only recommend surgery if he agrees you are a good candidate for an eyelid lift procedure.

But don’t confuse this with unwanted frown lines, laugh lines, or creases on the forehead. If this is what concerns you, you may want to try Botox first. Botox will go a long way to smoothing the lines around the eyes and even lifting the eyebrows. This is why a consultation is so important, to find the best way forward to achieve your goals. But, Botox won’t get rid of puffy droopy eyes or excess skin, only surgery can do that.

Eyelid lift surgery for a vision obstruction

For some people, the decision to have blepharoplasty is more for functional reasons. Sometimes the eyelid skin droops so much it interferes with your vision. Removing excess sagging skin will improve the vision thereby improving quality of life. Any aesthetic improvements obtained are a bonus.

Finding the best eyelid lift surgeon in Cape Town

Looking at eyelid lift surgery before and after pictures will help you get an idea of what is achievable. But keep in mind this will only be a guide as each person is unique.

Cape Town plastic surgeon, Dr Mark van der Velde, has impressive surgical skills and an impeccable sense of symmetry and proportion. His methods are safe and tested, and his results natural. Although each patient may need a slightly different approach, this is generally how a procedure will go:

He will make a neat incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. Through this tiny opening, he will remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles and remove excess skin. Often a tightening up of the lower lid (canthopexy) is performed at the same time. And sometimes carefully placed microfat grafts are also required. Incisions are neatly sutured closed with skill, ensuring surgery scars are hidden.

There should not be much pain with this procedure, but you may experience some swelling or bruising. After 2 weeks there should be no sign of surgery. Most patients return to work 7 to 10 days after surgery.

With any surgery there are risks and things to consider, so do your research! Book an appointment with an experienced blepharoplasty surgeon, like Dr Mark van der Velde.

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