Blepharoplasty is the surgical process of removing skin and adding or removing tissues on a person’s eyelids. There two types of blepharoplasty surgeries, lower and upper. In lower surgery, tansconjunctival approach which involves an incision inside the eyelid or below the lash line is used. For upper surgery, the surgeon uses the incision method to facilitate fat and skin removal. To allow eyelid crease creation, the skin is brought together with the use of a thin stitch. The tansconjunctival is the perfect way of removing fats from the eyelids as incision is not required.
Why is this eyelid procedure performed?
Excess fat and skin in the upper eyelid can create an aged appearance, puffiness, heavy looking appearance or even block the upper vision field. This upper eyelid procedure is performed in order to improve the field of vision through excess fat and skin removal.
Lower eyelid procedure, on the other hand, is done to improve the eyelid contour through excess skin removal and addition or removal fat. To correct sagging, tightening of the eyelid is sometimes done. Wrinkles can be eliminated through the laser skin resurfacing technology.
What you need to know before blepharoplasty Surgery.
- Blepharoplasty before and after operation will depend on the surgeon you have chosen.
You should, therefore, look out for a surgeon who has the experience and qualifications to safely carry out this procedure. Keep in mind the fact that plastic surgery is slightly different from cosmetic surgery and you should, therefore, ensure that your doctor is a qualified cosmetic surgeon too. Finding a surgeon with cosmetic qualification will most likely give you the results you need and reduce the chances of developing complications.
- Understand the risks involved.
Make sure that you are fully aware of what the surgery involves, the time it takes to recover and other possible limitations. You can understand the potential complications, risks and limitations of the surgery through consulting an experienced surgeon. Ask questions and make sure you know the whole process and recovery. Be comfortable with the surgeon you have chosen. After this, find out the surgeon’s reviews.
Finally, don’t go for cheap eyelid surgery as this may end up costing you even more in the end. As the saying goes, “cheap is expensive”.
- Be patient as you wait for the results.
This surgery can definitely change your facial appearance but this requires a lot of patience. Reduction in bruising and swelling as well as general improvement in appearance can take approximately 2 weeks; however, it can take up to eight weeks to improve on the swelling. Patience is therefore needed in order to realize the final results of this procedure.
How does one prepare for Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Before you undertake an eyelid surgery, it is advisable to have a detailed discussion and examination about blepharoplasty before and after operation and the possible benefits and risks involved in this procedure. Before the surgery day, the patient must review the preoperative and postoperative instructions thoroughly. This will enable you to acquire pain relievers and other items such as artificial tears, gel packs as they return from surgery.
How long does it take to recover?
It may take you a couple of months before you notice some change since you need to heal first. Swelling and bruising are the first noticeable features on this operation on the first day of operation. This can be reduced through the use of cool compresses during the first 48 hours. Light exercises such as walking can speed up the healing process. The bandages are normally removed after a couple days, while the stitches can be removed after a week. Self-absorbing stitches are most preferable as they don’t need to be removed.
Majority of the people go back to their normal activities after 7 to 10 days following the surgery. Most of the swelling and bruising will disappear after 14 days.
What are the Potential Complications and Risks of Blepharoplasty?
Every surgery has many potential risks, but blepharoplasty is very safe if performed by a qualified professional.
Expect a little throbbing around the eyelids once the anaesthetic wears off. Otherwise, blepharoplasty is a painless operation and most people do not need painkillers at all. In the first two days, your eyes will be watery and there will also be swelling and bruising.
You are also likely to experience a gritty and dry experience for the next six weeks. People with watery eyes may end up being even more watery. This problem can continue for one or two months. In the first two weeks, contacts must be avoided at all cost.
Expect a slight challenge in closing your eyes after the surgery. Do not be worried, this feeling will go away in a week or two.
The scars will become tight six weeks after the surgery, which may frighten you. There is no need to worry, this goes away after six months.
Although very rare, infection and bleeding are the other possible risks.
You may also feel like your eyesight is declining after this operation and that you might need glasses. Swelling is the major cause of this – it makes you more aware of age related challenges.
Blindness is another issue that has been reported in various medical sections. However, this was way before medical technologies were less sophisticated. This also means that patients should be more cautious when choosing their surgeon.
How Long Does it Take to See Full Results?
This calls for patience. Do not expect to see results after a month; it takes about a year to heal fully. Of course this time period may vary from one patient to another. It is possible to have that sleepy-eyed look for even three weeks and this is where most patients get demoralized. Focus on how the end results will be rather than the current looks.
What is the total cost of Blepharoplasty Before and After Surgery?
This depends on the complexity and type of operation that is being done. It is important to understand that insurance only caters for the upper eyelid surgery and that is only if the patient’s visual field was being obstructed. Insurance companies take this very seriously and may at times ask for photographs and visual fields before they can approve the operation as a medical procedure. Otherwise, all blepharoplasty costs are yours.