When we grow older, the fat that can be found under the eyes sag because of gravity, and this sagging skin is called an eye bag. There are a lot of causes for eyebags, and some of these are allergies as well as fatigue, although obesity and heredity also play a big role.
There are eye bags that are permanent and eye bags that will resolve in time. Sleep deprivation and exhaustion causes the temporary eye bags, creating greyish discoloration around the eyes. However, if the discoloration around the eyes are of a brownish hue, this is permanent and is related to heredity, so no amount of rest can help it. There are some home remedies to alleviate your eye bag condition, some of which include milk soaks as well as using eye creams, but there is also blepharoplasty. This is a surgical operation that involves the removal of excess fatty tissues and skin around the eyes.
Blepharoplasty is not a complicated surgical procedure. In fact, it only takes about an hour and a half to three hours to repair the upper as well as lower eyelids. Although a simple procedure, the patient will still be given general anesthesia and an overnight hospital stay is required after the procedure. There are cosmetic surgeons though who treat blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure, giving the patients local anesthesia and sending them home after recovery period.
To repair the upper eyelid, the cosmetic surgeon makes an incision on top of the eyelid, along its crease lines. The incision begins at the eye’s natural crease towards the crow’s feet. The skin and its subcutaneous layers are then separated by the cosmetic surgeon to gain access to the excess fat, which will then be removed surgically along with the excess skin and muscle. After cutting away the excess fat and skin, ultra fine sutures will be used to close the incision.
The incision for the lower eyelid begins from under the eyelashes towards the eye’s crow’s feet. After the incision is created, the skin will be separated to gain access to the excess fat to remove it, and then the skin is gently stretched upwards. Any skin that overlaps will then be removed. Incisions are then closed using very fine sutures.
Eye antibiotics and bandages will be applied after the surgery. The patient is made aware that bruises and swelling will develop in the first two weeks. There is no cause of alarm if your eyes feel dry as this is normal. Removal of the sutures are done a week after the blepharoplasty. Scarring may be present, but the disappearance of the scars will take place after complete healing is achieved.