A blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is commonly a cosmetic and aesthetic surgery which improves on a person’s tired look as a result of excess folds of skin on the upper eyelids, bags around the lower eyelids and drooping eyebrows. Basically the procedure takes out excess skin, fat and muscle. When it is performed with the goal of improving vision, it then becomes reconstructive in nature.
Realistically, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty will never stop the aging process, may never take the stress out of your life, or may not even give you that extra energy you need daily. However it may still effectively take years off your looks by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle. For those who have severe physical manifestations to start with, this cosmetic surgery may at least may one look his fair age. The end result is rejuvenation, giving each patient that fresh and bright look.
Consultation with your certified cosmetic plastic surgeon is the initial step you will take if you are considering a blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. All would be patients are encouraged to discuss all expectations with regards to looking and feeling better post surgery. One should always remember that that the desired result is basically realistic and reasonable improvement. Patients are always reminded of impossible and unachievable “perfection”. All potential patients must have a good degree of emotional stability and this is a mandatory prerequisite. Having a “new” look from an eyelid surgery will never ensure a stress free, satisfying and happy life. It will solely enhance your features and possibly helps boost self confidence. This is realistically what blepharoplasty may just accomplish. It is still entirely up to you on how you handle the positive physical effects and gains of an eyelid surgery.
Blepharoplasty takes approximately 1-2 hours and can take longer if combined with other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures as a temporal lift, facelift, and browlift. This surgery may be safely done in an outpatient setting or in a hospital basis under local anesthesia with or without light sedation.General anesthesia may also be used especially if combined with other procedures. If performed under sedation/local anesthesia, one will be able to relax during surgery while still being half awake. Most patients are however able to tolerate surgery with just local anesthesia and with just the same results.
The operative technique of a blepharoplasty is most of the time performed first on the upper lid followed by the lower lid. Incisions are made following natural lines and creases which effects maximal concealment. Working through the incision, your cosmetic plastic surgeon separates the skin from underlying fat and muscle. Excess skin and protruding fat is excised.
It should be kept in mind that all suturings and closure of wounds are meticulously done. The cosmetic plastic surgeon makes sure that the eventual scars would be inconspicuous as possible. All scars are expected and are natural consequences of any incision or surgery. Post operative, dressings may be placed over the wound with antibacterial ointment applied. Post blepharoplasty patients are instructed bed rest for at least a day and ordered to avoid any exertions to avoid any increase in blood pressure in the facial area for at least a week. Cold compress is applied for a day while stitches are out after usually 5 days. Most patients commonly return to work after 2-3 weeks.
All cosmetic plastic surgeries have risks just like any procedure known. Bleeding, infection, and healing problems may occur though it may be relatively uncommon. Any pain or discomfort may be effectively controlled with just the right over the counter medications. It is always prudent however to inform your surgeon or nurse of any unusual and persistent problems. Bruising and swelling are common and expected. This resolves in a week or two. A feeling of numbness and tightness is usually present which eventually improves and subsides.
For the would be cosmetic plastic surgery patient, it is always advised to consult with a certified plastic surgeon. All patients are encouraged to be adequately and properly informed regarding the plastic surgeries they are interested in. Your certified cosmetic plastic surgeon will display adequate knowledge, skill and care prior, during and after surgery.