What is Blepharoplasty or an eyelid surgery?
It is an ideal treatment to enhance the appearance of upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The natural process of aging may cause droopy upper and lower eyelids which makes you look tired. If you are looking forward to a more rested or alert look along with the rejuvenation of the area around the eyes, count on Blepharoplasty.
How is Blepharoplasty performed?
Let’s understand the procedure step-by-step.
For patient’s comfort, first of all general anesthesia or intravenous sedation are administered before initiating the procedure.
Then, to correct the upper lid, an incision is made within the natural crease of the eyelid. This incision not only helps in removing excess fat, repositioning the fat deposit but also aids in muscle tightening.
Similarly, in case of the lower lid, an incision is made just below the lower lash line. Through this, excess skin or fat can easily be removed or repositioned.
How long does the procedure of Blepharoplasty take?
The eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgery which means you can go back home on the same day of the surgery. The entire procedure takes around 2-3 hours and after some post-op examinations your surgeon will allow you to leave the hospital premises.
When should I consider Blepharoplasty?
In the following scenarios, an individual should count on Blepharoplasty:
• To eliminate the bags under the eyes
• To remove excess fatty deposits from under eye area
• To remove puffiness in the upper eyelids
• To eliminate excess skin & fine wrinkles which can’t be treated via non-surgical techniques.
• To eradicate lose or sagging skin disturbing the natural contour & creating folds
Who is not the right candidate for eyelid surgery?
In some cases, a blepharoplasty surgeon may not suggest you to undergo the surgery, such as
A person who smokes
A person with an eye disease or infection
If you have an overactive or underactive thyroid.
If you have a cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes as it may hinder the process of healing
Are the results from blepharoplasty surgery instant?
The initial swelling or bruising gets resolve in one to two weeks. You will see the changes immediately after the procedure, however, a few months are required to witness the final and complete results.
Also, one should take into account the following factors which affect the outcomes of the surgery:
• Skin quality
• Adjacent tissues
• Anatomy of the eyelids
How long is the Recovery for Blepharoplasty Surgery?
The stitches are removed four days post operation. However, for next seven to ten days, the patient's eyelids remain swollen and discolored, and they may feel stiffness or tightness. In addition to these, patients also experience light sensitivity, excessive tearing, and blurred or double vision at times. But, you do not need to worry as these symptoms disappear within two to three weeks and then you can watch TV and read easily. Moreover, you can also resume work within a week or so depending on the recovery.
What post-op instructions do I need to follow after blepharoplasty?
Two days post operation, an ointment treatment is provided to the patient to keep the incisions lubricated.
For bruising and swelling, usage of ice eye pads is recommended. In rare cases, medications can be prescribed.
To prevent infections and help in pain management, eye drops may be prescribed.
To accelerate the recovery process, patients are advised to keep the head higher in comparison to the body while sleeping.
To prevent irritation, use of dark glasses is highly recommended for at least one week. This ensures protection against the wind and sun exposure.
Use of contact lenses is completely prohibited until the complete cure of incisions.
Are there any Visible Scars after an eyelid surgery?
Often, scars are well-hidden. However, some may still be visible initially but nothing to worry as with time, they disappear.
Are there any Non-surgical Alternatives to Blepharoplasty?
Many non-surgical alternatives are available, however, their effectiveness is not at par with blepharoplasty. Chemical Peels, Lasers, Anti-wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers show great improvements in patients exhibiting early signs of aging. But in scenarios where you have to manage underlying fat or muscle tissues along with superficial skin tissue, surgical treatment is an ideal fit and non-surgical methods would generally fail.