Blepharoplasty ( eyelid surgery )

People often say that the eyes are the windows to your soul; however they do not understand why the eyes are the first place of the body to show the earliest signs of ageing.

The eyelids are the most active part of the body and after continuously opening and closing them they do get tired.

Blepharoplasty is an optional cosmetic surgery and is simply available to people who feel the need to rejuvenate their face.

Blepharoplasty surgery mainly targets the lower skin under the eyes and the mobile lid. This surgery will remove puffy bags under the eyes, remove wrinkles and can also create double eyelids. The double eyelid procedure is a special type of Asian Blepharoplasty surgery, creating a crease in the mobile lid to transform a single lid into a double.

Blepharoplasty surgery is only recommended for people who have good health and is not considered a good choice of surgery for candidates who endure the following medical conditions

  • Detached retina
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Graves' disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Problems with your tear ducts
  • Glaucoma
  • Cardiovascular disease

     

    Good candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are:

    • Non-smokers
    • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that will interfere with healing
      • Individuals who want to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
      • Individuals without serious eye conditions

      During your consultation your health, medical conditions and any concerns you may have will be discussed.

      What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

      Blepharoplasty is surgical modification of the eyelid. Excess tissue such as skin and fat are removed or repositioned, and surrounding muscles and tendons may be toughened.

       

      Unfortunately, your eyes are often the first place to show signs of ageing.

      • Surgery  can remove puffiness in the upper eyelid
      • Surgery can remove loose or sagging skin, this will also improve impairing vision
      • Surgery can remove excess skin and wrinkles around the lower eyelid
      • Surgery can remove bags, pouches and excess skin from under and over the eyes
      • Surgery can correct droopiness of the lower eyelids
      • Surgery can relieve that tired, sad look leaving the eyes looking brighter

       

      Preparing for surgery

      Preparing yourself for surgery does have strict, necessary requirements and instructions before the surgery can begin. These include:

      • A medical examination and evaluation
      • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
      • change any current medications you may be taking
      • Avoid certain foods, beverages and medications
      • Organizing a designated driver to and from surgery

       

      • Organize someone to stay with you after surgery. Nurse services are available
      • What you are required to do the night before and the morning of surgery
      • Before and after care instructions

       

      There are many convenient places where the Blepharoplasty surgery is performed, the majority of the time being in an easy to find hospital or local surgical center.

      It is very important your plastic surgeon has a full understanding of your tear production as people who suffer from dry eye are at greater risk of complications.

       

      Surgery Steps-

      Step 1 - Sedation
      For your comfort during Blepharoplasty surgery medications are provided. The options include sedation from Valium or in combination with Zanax, or general anesthesia. Your doctor will determine the best choice for you.

       

      Step 2 - The Incision
      There are specific incisions that are required for different purposes.

      To correct drooping eyelids the incision is made along the natural crease, this allows easy access to reposition fat, muscles and remove unwanted skin.

      To correct the poor conditions of the lower eyelid, incisions are made just below the lower lash line and this allows easy access to remove excess skin.

      Another easy alternate incision that can be made is inside the lower eyelid to correct poor conditions allowing excess fat to be easily removed.

       

      Step 3 - Closing the incision

      Closing any eyelid incision will include one or all of the following methods: skin adhesives, surgical tape and absorbable or removable stitches.  

      Gradually, after the swelling and bruising settles down you will see a smooth eyelid surrounding giving you a brighter, younger, rejuvenated appearance.  

       

      Recovery

      After your surgery is completed, your eyes will be lubricated with an ointment and a bandage will be applied to the area to support and protect the eyes during the healing process.

      You will be given specific and strict instructions to follow during the stages of your recovery. They include:keeping your head elevated, use cold packs to reduce swelling,  how to care and clean the eye area, medications to apply or to take orally, specific concerns or changes to look out for around the eye area or in your general health, and organize regular check ups with your plastic surgeon.

      You will most defiantly need a ride home after surgery and a relative to care for you only in the first week of your recovery stage.

       

      Risks & safety

       

      The risks of Blepharoplasty are:

      • Infection and irritation caused by poor after care
      • Bruising & swelling
      • Bleeding & pain
      • Reaction to the anesthesia
      • Temporary blurring of your vision
      •  Acne (small white heads can be removed)
      • Difficulty sleeping
      • Scarring
      • Difficulty closing the eyes

        It is recommended you do some research on the surgery before hand and know no surgery is risk free.  Knowing what to expect, keeping an eye on your recovery stage and taking/applying the correct medication as required will help keep your risks to a minimum.  Make sure you understand the specific and strict instructions your plastic surgeon has provided you with and that you follow them correctly.

         

        Just remember everyone is different and it may take several weeks for the swelling and bruising to fully go down and disappear. It all depends on how well your body heals.

        It is recommended by surgeons to consider a brow lift, or cheeks implants after having  Blepharoplastysurgery simply because the effect is more dramatic.

        Following your plastic surgeons instructions and requirements is the key to the success of your surgery. Discomfort and scarring is minimal, and seeing as the incision is made hidden along the natural skin crease line it will fade over one to two months.  

        The decision to undergo Blepharoplasty surgery is extremely personal. You will need to decide if the benefits of having the surgery will fulfill your goals and if the risks and potential surgery complications are worth it.

        Having a full understanding and educating yourself about Blepharoplasty surgery will defiantly help you can make an informed choice.

         

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