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.
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.