Hospitals in the United States offer free blepharoplasty.

Hospitals in the United States offer free blepharoplasty.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. The surgery can change the appearance of droopy eyelids or eye bags. Now American hospitals offer free eyelid surgery if you are over 50 years old. Learn about the precautions and a list of free hospitals.

What happens during blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty can be done under a local anaesthetic injected into the eyelids or under general anaesthetic. The operation take up to an hour and a half.

Your surgeon will make a cut in the natural skin crease of your upper eyelid or below your eyelashes in your lower lid. They will remove any excess skin and fat and close the wound using very fine stitches.

What does it involve?

A blepharoplasty can be done under local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will need to know if you are taking any medicines to reduce your risk of blood clots, such aspirin, warfarin or apixaban. Surgery on the upper eyelids generally involves: making a cut (incision) along the eyelid crease in the natural skin fold of the eyelid removing excess skin, fat or muscle closing the incision – the scar will usually be hidden in the natural fold of the eyelid Surgery on the lower eyelids generally involves: making an incision either just below the lower eyelashes or on the inside of the lower eyelid repositioning or removing fat from the bags under the eyes, and sometimes also a small amount of skin supporting the muscles and tendon of the eyelid if necessary closing the incision The surgeon will usually apply thin, sticky strips called suture strips to support the eyelids after surgery. These are usually removed up to 1 week later.

Eyelid surgery may take around 45 minutes to 2 and a half hours. Most people can go home the same day.

Recovery from blepharoplasty surgery

If you have local anaesthetic you should be able to go home a few hours after the operation. If you have general anaesthetic you will need to wait until all the affects have worn off. You may need pain relief when the anaesthetic wears off. You may experience swelling and bruising following this procedure. To control this your surgeon may recommend using cold compresses. Be sure and discuss how to do this with your surgeon. Other symptoms you might experience are dry or itchy eyes, temporary sensitivity to light or wind, watery eyes and blurred vision. After 3-5 days you will need to come back to have any stitches removed.