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Eyelift Surgery: Procedure and Recovery Time

Posted Nov 14 2012 7:09am

Are you troubled with the problem of drooping or sagging eyelids? If yes, then you should know that your sight can be hindered due to these. It should be noted that if you are born with drooping eyelids, it would develop with age. Eyelid surgery, commonly known as blepharoplasty is performed by cosmetic surgeons for correcting sagging or drooping eyelids. The main aim of the surgery is to improve the look of the lower or upper eyelids providing a younger facial appearance. This eyelid surgery can be done if you have other conditions such as:

  • Fat deposits

There are fat deposits on the eyelids of some people and these make the eyelids appear puffy. With this cosmetic surgery, puffiness can definitely be removed.

  • Excess skin

Sometimes, there is excess skin on the upper eyelids that becomes very loose. Not only is contour of the upper eyelids altered, but the vision is impaired as well. However, with blepharoplasty, these issues can be easily addressed.

  • Some people have bags under their eyes. With eyelid surgery of the lower eyelids, the surgeon would address this problem.

The Eyelid Lift Procedure

A reputable surgeon would work to provide his/her patients with long lasting and natural looking results.

  • In the upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon would remove the skin, fat or muscle that is aged or loose. The puffiness in the upper eyelid can also be resolved. The surgeon would make the incision in the upper eyelid fold, so that it is not visible.
  • In lower eyelid surgery, fine wrinkles and excess skin in the lower eyelid are removed. In Transcutaneous blepharoplasty, the surgeon would make the incision below the eyelashes and this incision would be extended outwardly into the crow's feet lines. For patients having excess skin, but no excess fat, blepharoplasty is highly recommended.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty

Driving is a strict no-no for 24 hours after the surgery. This is done, so that the sedating medications leave the system. A patient may feel rather ‘laid down' after the surgery and so, he should stay home and relax completely. Cold compresses should always be applied on the eyes on the day the surgery is performed, as well as the following day. Bruising may occur, but it gets resolved within a couple of weeks. To avoid wound disruption or postoperative bleeding, strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. Following the surgery, the patient must take a day off from work. Depending on the severity of the condition, several days off can also be taken. After two weeks, you can easily go out in public, without concerns of being noticed.

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