Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) can significantly reduce the appearance of sagging, tired, and puffy eyelids.

Alternative to eyelid plastic surgery could be laser eyelift, endoscopic forehead lift.

The process of cosmetic eyelid surgery operation is the following: a fold is created in the upper eyelid. The surgeon places fine incision where the crease would normally appear. The position and slope of this incision/fold may vary depending on your preference. Next, a thin section of excess skin, fat, and muscle is removed. The incisions are closed with very fine sutures. To remove fatty deposits beneath the eyes, the incisions are placed just inside the lower eyelid or beneath the lashes. After the fat is removed, the incisions may be closed with absorbable sutures or left to heal naturally with no visible scar.

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 30 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age. A few medical conditions make blepharoplasty more risky. They include thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution; check with our ophthalmologist before you have surgery.

Eyelid plastic surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. You can expect a more youthful look.

When performed by a qualified surgeon, complications during after cosmetic eyelid surgery are infrequent and usually minor. Bruising and swelling lasting on average for two weeks but can continue for a month or more. Remember the human body is asymmetrical and even after surgery both sides of the body may look different All surgery requires an incision and therefore will leave a scar. In most patients the scar heals well, but in a small number of people the scar remains thick and heavy. At the time of surgery the small nerves that supply feeling to the skin are damaged. This may cause changes in sensation including numbness. Although uncommon, bleeding and infection are risks and can be serious. You will have some pain and discomfort after this surgery. The pain usually only lasts for a few days. One percent of all operations lead to major complications. Weigh up the pros and cons, it is for you to decide. This is a surgical procedure and as such potentially serious complications, such as a blood clot (embolus) or an unexpected response to drugs or anesthetics, although rare, can occur. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.

You should be able to read or watch television in 2–3 days after eyelid surgical operation. Feel ready to go out in public 7–10 days. Wear makeup after 7–10 days wear contact lenses after 2 weeks.

Eyelid plastic surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, along with oral or intravenous sedatives. Any discomfort experienced during or after the surgery can easily be alleviated by oral medications.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for eyelid plastic surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your surgery may have to be postponed. Also, while you are making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and, if needed, to help you at home for a day or two. Special accommodations are available for patients who are coming from out of town.

After eyelid surgical operation the surgeon will probably lubricate your eyes with ointment and may apply a bandage. you can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. If you feel any severe pain, call your surgeon immediately. Your surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated for several days, and to use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. You’ll be shown how to clean your eyes. The stitches will be removed two days to a week after surgery. Once they’re out, the swelling and discoloration around your eyes will gradually subside, and you’ll start to look and feel much better. It is normal to feel a bit anxious or depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. However, this feeling will subside as you begin to look and feel better.