As you age, the eyelids become flabbier and the areas surrounding it sag, resulting in wrinkles. Fat deposits or saggy skin on upper or lower eyelids can also result in vision problems. Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery to rectify such problems. Nowadays, cosmetic eyelid surgery is a much sought-after procedure by men and women who want to improve their appearance and self-confidence. Before you consult a plastic surgeon, read up and understand all you need to know about blepharoplasty. Here is an overview of blepharoplasty procedures and what you should do before and after the surgery
Blepharoplasty for a rejuvenated facial appearance
Eyelid surgery is minimally invasive and is aimed at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and removing fat deposits from the eyelids and surrounding areas. It may take one to three hours to complete the procedure. If upper and lower eyelids are treated simultaneously, then the treatment may take a longer time to complete.
Blepharoplasty is performed by expert plastic surgeons. The patient is administered intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The incision may be placed on the skin fold across the eyelid to treat sagging of the upper lid. The excess fat is then repositioned, muscles tightened and excess skin removed. If the problem is with the lower lid, the incision may be placed below the lower lash line. The incisions are placed in a way that they are not visible. After the surgery is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches, surgical tape or tissue glue.
The treatment helps to improve the look of the eyelids, eyebrows and forehead, making you look younger and more alert.
The plastic surgeon will assess you to make sure you are in good health. Your skin type, age and sex also have a major role in determining your candidacy for eyelid surgery. It is advisable to quit smoking well before the procedure. Do not take aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs as they increase bleeding.
Always have realistic expectations about the surgery. Ask your plastic surgeon about the risks involved before you go ahead. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, itching and watery eyes. Post-surgical Care and recovery
You will receive specific instructions from your surgeon on how to care for your eyes after the surgery. Medication, cold compresses and ointment can usually resolve after effects such as swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes. If you are sensitive to light, you may be advised to use glasses. Restrain from applying eye makeup as the cream and other cosmetics can cause infections.