Development of bags under the eyes and puffy eyes is among the most common aging complaints. This usually occurs because of excess fat deposits which can be corrected by blepharoplasty. There are several different styles and techniques to blepharoplasty.
However, transconjunctival approach is best suited for removing surplus fat from the lower eyelids. The technique has become popular since it has a low complication rate and doesn’t leave significantly visible scars.
Suitable candidates for transconjunctival blepharoplasty are at least 35 years of age. However, you may want to get the procedure performed at an earlier age if your baggy or droopy eyelids are hereditary. Certain health conditions may make blepharoplasty riskier. Graves’ disease and hypothyroidism make the procedure marginally risky. Issues with tear production or dry eye may also cause complications.
Understanding Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty
Lower blepharoplasty which only targets the lower eyelids can be performed through an internal (transconjunctival) incision or an external (transcutaneous) incision. An incision is made in the lower eyelid in the transconjunctival incision approach.
This helps in attaining a more natural look and hiding scars from observers. The hidden cut is used for removing portion of fat below the eye creating the puffy appearance. You should be able to return to work and perform regular activities in 7 – 10 days.
Procedure of Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty
A tiny incision of 1-1.5 cm in length is made once anesthesia is administered on the inside of the eyelid. The surgeon will remove just enough fat to create a smooth outer contour on the eyelid. The remaining fat will be repositioned and sculpted depending on your aesthetic needs. The cut edges in transconjunctival blepharoplasty tend to contact each other without requiring stitches. They usually heal within a day as well. This means you would be able to apply cosmetics and makeup sooner than alternate options.
Advantages of Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty
The goal of a transconjunctival blepharoplasty is to rejuvenate the eyes to attain long lasting results. Every patient has unique needs which can be addressed by a customized surgery and recovery plan.
Your surgery would be designed specifically for you keeping you in mind. There are several techniques and styles for performing a blepharoplasty. However, transconjunctival incision offers the most benefits that are unattainable through other lower eyelid surgeries. These are:
- Shorter surgery time
- No external scarring
- Quicker recovery
- Reduced swelling and bruising
- Less trauma to the eye tissue
- Eye shape is better preserved
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a judicious way of approaching unsightly bags under the eyes. The technique is also suitable to removing puffy eye syndrome. The results in transconjunctival blepharoplasty are more pleasing aesthetically speaking as compared to topical ointments and creams. They results tend to last longer as well. In most patients, the results can last for the entirety of their life.