A blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a surgery aimed at aesthetic rejuvenation and functional improvement of the eyelids. The eye area looks fresher and clearer afterwards. Tired eyes, heavy eyelids, drooping eyelids and bags under the eyes are corrected, the upper field of vision is widened.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation. A blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid or all four eyelids at the same time.
During our first meeting, we'll analyze your objectives and expectations together.
During this consultation, we will compile your medical file and define the intervention methods required to meet your needs.
We will also take care to inform you of any limitations that may arise depending on your medical history and said treatments. We'll also look at pre- and post-operative issues, to pass on our recommendations and inform you of what to do in the event of complications.
All important information will be conveyed to you verbally and in writing. This will give you the opportunity to clarify any areas of uncertainty before making your decision.
This appointment may be an opportunity to have the treatment done on the same day, or to plan a later date if your choice is made. In the case of surgery, we will inform you of the anaesthetic arrangements.
Some decisions take time, and it's quite possible to leave with a personalized quote, including a treatment and financing plan. We'll also be happy to answer any questions you may have.
During cosmetic surgery, you may need to be anesthetized more or less deeply, depending on the type of procedure and your medical history. Anesthesia is chosen in consultation with you and your surgeon. A pre-anaesthetic visit is sometimes necessary. For all anaesthesia procedures, it is recommended to fast, i.e. not to eat for 6 hours before the operation. The anaesthetist can refuse a patient who has not followed this instruction. Communication and trust are key from the very first contact with your surgeon, because it's by working together that risks can be neutralized.
General anaesthesia In general anaesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious, asleep and insensitive to pain. the anesthetist meticulously controls and monitors breathing.
For longer procedures, we prefer this type of anesthesia, as it provides a higher level of comfort.
Sedation anaesthesia Sedation provides deep anaesthesia while leaving the person conscious to verbal and tactile stimuli. The patient can relax without worrying about pain. This method avoids the need for intubation and the side effects of general anesthesia.
Locoregional anesthesia Locoregional anesthesia refers to the numbing or loss of sensation in a specific area of the body using local anesthetics. The patient remains conscious during the procedure, but feels no pain in the anaesthetized area.
It's normal for your body to react to aesthetic treatments. Some symptoms are common and by no means alarming. Symptoms that could lead to more serious complications are rare, and should they occur, our team will be on hand to take care of you.
If you notice these symptoms, there's no need to worry:
A slight rise in temperature
Slight discharge of blood from dressings
A slight increase in inflammation
On the other hand, if you observe these symptoms, please contact us:
Over 38.5° fever and chills
Severe swelling, especially on one side only
Significant pain and redness in the operated area
Keep in mind that your recovery period will depend on the type of operation and factors specific to you.
We are all unique, so the details of your recovery cannot be entirely predictable. You're beginning a process of physical and emotional transformation. Be patient and let your body do what it does best. If you have any doubts, we're here for you.
These two procedures are often confused, even by non-optical colleagues.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) corrects excess skin and removes fat from the upper eyelid. Palpebral ptosis (small palpebral fissure) is a veritable "hanging upper eyelid", covering the iris and even the pupil. This reduces the width of the eyelid space or eyelid opening. In ptosis surgery, the muscle that lifts the upper eyelid is shortened to widen the eyelid opening. Only ophthalmic surgeons who have completed a subspecialty in oculoplastic surgery (eyelid plastic surgery) have received substantial training in ptosis surgery.
Both eyelid operations are often performed in a single operation. combined to correct all structures affected by aging processes.
Blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids is always a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by mutual insurance companies. In very serious cases of upper eyelid blepharoplasty, eyebrow ptosis (low eyebrow position) or upper eyelid ptosis (smaller eyelid opening), the health insurance company may contribute to the costs.
Each case is assessed individually by the surgeon during a consultation that also includes an eye examination. Particular attention is paid to the ocular surface, anatomy and function of the eyelids to achieve a natural cosmetic result and avoid post-operative complications.
Patients who cannot stop taking anticoagulants, or for whom sedation is contraindicated, receive personalized advice to find the safest solution for them.
Non-surgical or non-invasive treatment techniques such as Botox injections, hyaluronic acid fillers, laser procedures (laser resurfacing) or chemical peels (TCA peels) can in some cases be a complement or even an alternative to surgery.
Dark circles and bags under the eyes are usually the first signs of aging to appear on a person's face, often from the age of 30 onwards. Excess skin on the upper eyelid is often visible from the age of 35-40. Some patients experience symptoms such as headaches or the sensation of "heavy upper eyelids". If the eyelids are drooping, the upper field of vision may be impaired. The right time for upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty depends on your personal findings, wishes and feelings. Our eyelid plastic surgery (oculoplasty) specialists will be happy to advise you.