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The following information regarding Blepharoplasty provided by Aesthetic Surgery Center – St. Luke’s Medical Center is for information only and should not be substituted for professional health consultation.

Blepharoplasty, or more commonly known as Cosmetic Eye Surgery is a procedure that can correct the sagging of your upper eyelids skin, eyebags, and pufiness in the lower eyelids. This procedure can remove the excess skin, muscles and accumulated fat from the upper and lower eyelids and give you a more youthful appearance and refreshed look.

Who can avail of the service/ procedure?

If you have anyone or a combination of the following:

– Excessive skin obscurring the natural fold of the upper eyelids

– Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired

– Excess skin and fine “crepe paper type” wrinkles of the lower eyelids

– Eyebags and dark circles under the eyes

– Lower eyelid droopiness

What are the preparations for the procedure?

You need to see your doctor so he can discuss with you the procedure, expected results, risks and benefits. He would also conduct the following:

– Take your medical history and the list of your current medications lke aspirin, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol and drugs.

– A complete physical examination and pre-operative eye examination

– Take photographs of your eyes for before-and after assessments

– Laboratory work-ups like blood count, chest x-ray, ECG and others

How is the procedure done?

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure which is locally done under local anesthesia with or without sedation. You will not fall asleep but you will be groggy. An incision is made along the natural fold or crease of your eyelid to have access for the removal of excess fat, muscles and skin. To smoothen the lower eyelid skin, eye bags may be removed or redistributed, and the muscle repositioned.

What to do after the operation?

There may be mild pain which can be alleviated with the use of pan relievers. Swelling and discoloration are expected after surgery but these usually subside within 10 days. A small amount may persist for several months. You may return your normal routine within two days after the procedure but avoiding any strenous activities or stooping down.