EYELID SURGERY (Blepharoplasty)
The eyes are the focal point of the face. They are our most intriguing and revealing facial feature and draw attention and convey expression. The first signs of ageing are usually seen around the eyes. Hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, bagginess, sagging of the eyelid skin, droopy eyelids, skin folds around the eye are some of the signs. Unfortunately, the signs of ageing can greatly impact the appearance of our eyes, so that what they reflect is not how we feel. The most common causes include heredity, ageing, chronic sun exposure and sun damage, pollution, irregular sleeping habits and chronic lack of sleep, significant fluctuations in weight, dietetic indiscretions indiscretions, and medical problems like hyper or hypothyroidism and liver diseases. Recent advances in cosmetic surgery now allow us to reduce and remove these changes around the eyes, a process called surgical rejuvenation or Blepharoplasty. Areas amenable for Blepharoplasty: Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery can selectively be done for either the upper or lower eyelid. Usually both eyelids of both the eyes are done together for a complete rejuvenation. More often, it is combined with other procedures like facelift and brow lift for a comprehensive rejuvenation of the face.
Who is the ideal candidate for eyelid surgery(Blepharoplasty)?
If you are bothered by upper eyelids with excess, drooping skin that makes you appear sad or angry, or eyes that look tired due to puffiness or bags, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. Person with lower eyelid sagging, bulges, wrinkles, folds and puffiness will also benefit from blepharoplasty. In general, adults with the above eye problems, of any age who are in good health, moderately fit and overall have god muscle tone are good candidates for eyelid rejuvenation. They should not have any life threatening illness or medical conditions. Patients who smoke can have an increased risk of complications.
Could you benefit from a Blepharoplasty?
In general, eyelid surgery corrects the excess skin, tissue and fat that contribute to puffiness and bags in both upper and lower eyelids, revealing a more youthful and energetic appearance. It can restore the appearance of elasticity of your eyelids.
What is the healing period after the surgery?
Incisions usually heal in 7 days to 2 weeks. Stitches are removed around this time. You will be able to return to light work and normal activity at this time, and to resume wearing contact lenses. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising or redness. Healing will continue for several weeks. Diligent sun protection is a must for best results.
What about the results and outlook?
Your final result will appear over time, generally within several weeks. It may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions around the eye significantly, you will continue to age naturally. The benefits of your surgery should reveal a smooth and a firm contour of the upper and /or lower eyelids. What matters more is that the appearance of your eyes matches the way you feel inside – youthful, vital and alert.
Are there any risks and complications involved in the Blepharoplasty surgery?
Although there are very few risks associated with this procedure, a possible general risk includes bleeding and collection of blood under the skin (hematoma). Bleeding is rare but may have to be stopped. Any surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia. There are very few risks if the procedure is done under local anesthesia. These risks will be fully discussed with you prior to your consent for surgery.
A consultation with your Aesthetic Plastic surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa is the first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding area. This consultation will fully educate you in a non-pressured environment and will include a discussion of your goals, options available for eyelid surgery, likely outcomes, potential risks and complications.
What is the procedure of blepharoplasty?
An ellipse of loose skin of the upper eyelid is removed. If there is excess fat in the compartments around the eye causing bulges, this is removed. The wound is closed with a single absorbable stitch. For the lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is made below the eyelashes. Once the skin and muscle has been lifted up, the fat is redraped over the bony rim of the orbit. This helps in reducing the naso-jugal groove depression, a prominent sign of ageing. The lower eyelid is then tightened by a procedure called canthopexy. Excess skin is then removed. Both the upper and lower eyelid scars heals very well and the scar is barely visible.
Usually the procedure can be done under local anesthetic, but many would prefer a general anesthetic for improved comfort.
What to expect after the Blepharoplasty surgery?
There might be bruising and swelling after the surgery that should subside in 3-6 weeks. Immediately after surgery, due to the swelling, you might experience some difficulty in opening your eyes. There could be slight irritation and a feeling of dry eye. This rapidly improves after te next day. Wounds normally heal in 7 days to 2 weeks. Your plastic surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety. You will be advised to apply an antibacterial ointment to the eye and protect the eyes from sun, wind and dust by wearing sunglasses. Eyelid surgery can offer dramatic improvement in the upper and lower eyelids and surrounding areas.
Blepharoplasty Before and After Results
* Disclaimer: Results May Differ From Person to Person. No individual result should be seen as typical
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