A Guide To Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery which is also called blepharoplasty, involves the removal of excess fat, muscle or skin which may be present around the eyes. This will give you a more youthful and alert appearance. It is possible to do the surgery on the upper and the lower lids, either simultaneously or separately.
This procedure may be suitable for you if you notice that you have excess skin which is obscuring the natural fold of your upper eyelid. If you have excess skin on the lower eyelids, you may benefit from this surgery. If you have loose skin hanging from your upper eyelids which make your eyes look tired, you should consider this procedure as an option.
Before opting for this surgery, you should discuss your expectations with your surgeon. This will allow him/her to determine if these are realistic. You should advise your surgeon of any chronic medical conditions you suffer with, and any medications that you are taking.
Prior to the operation, your surgeon will discuss the surgical methods that will be used. This procedure is normally done on an outpatient basis, with general anesthesia. Your doctor will examine your eyes and the surrounding area thoroughly. Photographs may be taken to allow you to compare your original appearance with the results after the procedure.
The operation normally lasts between one and three hours, but this depends on the exact procedure that is undertaken. Laser techniques or conventional surgical methods may be used. During surgery for the upper eyelids, incisions will be made into the natural creases, as well as into the wrinkles that are in the corners of your eyes. For the lower lids, the incisions will be made below your eyelashes and out to the corners of your eyes. This will allow for the scars to be hidden along the natural folds of the eyes.
The loose skin, muscle and excess fat are then removed and the incisions closed using fine stitches. An ointment will be applied to the area to prevent it from drying out. Some small sterile strips of paper tape will be applied to hold the stitches in place and to support your eyelids. You may have to wear these strips as support for your eyelids for about a week.
If you experience pain after the operation, you could take over the counter painkillers. If dissolvable stitches were used, they will disappear of their own accord after about ten days. Non-dissolvable stitches will have to be removed about five days after your surgery. You may experience some swelling around the eyes afterwards. The application of a cold compress, like ice wrapped in a towel, could help to reduce this swelling. It will also be beneficial for any bruising that may be present.
Whilst recovering from eyelid surgery, you should regularly clean your eyes with water and use the ointment or drops that your surgeon may have prescribed for you. Sleeping with your head propped up will help relieve any pressure on the area. Most importantly, follow any advice that is given to you by your surgeon.