The term blepharoplasty refers to the aesthetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat localised in the upper and lower eyelids. It rids the area of those fat pockets or eye bags that "age" the face and make the eyes look tired and corrects flaws like droopy upper eyelids.
Blepharoplasty can also lift and/or reposition the outer corner of the eye (so-called canthoplasty and canthopexy), thereby changing the shape of the eye.
Using the transconjunctival blepharoplasty surgical technique, Prof. Mario Dini can remove fat pockets from the lower lid region with no external scarring.
Most patients who choose to undergo this type of operation are between 40 and 60 years of age, however, there is no age limit for this procedure. Aesthetic eyelid surgery has been successfully performed on patients between 70 and 80 years of age.
As this is a highly customised surgical procedure, Prof. Dini will evaluate the patient's overall health, skin type, the quality of periocular muscles, facial bone structure and whether there are any aesthetic and/or functional flaws. The professor will also explain the objective and aesthetic results that can be attained from this operation and help the patient choose the surgical procedure that is best.
The procedure is normally performed as outpatient surgery.
It takes about 1-2 hours under local anaesthesia. It is absolutely painless and involves reshaping the orbicularis oculi muscle and the fat pockets, as well as removing excess skin; the incisions are made in the folds of the upper and lower eyelids and are practically invisible. The blepharoplasty is completed by applying ice to the eye area for several hours.
In the 48 hours following the blepharoplasty procedure, Professor Dini recommends resting with the head slightly elevated. Four to seven days after the operation, the patient can go back to a normal daily routine; results can seen after just 3 weeks, with optimal results about six months later.