5 questions to ask yourself if you think Blepharoplasty surgery would benefit you. If your answer is “Yes” to 3 or more of these questions then you may be an ideal candidate for Blepharoplasty.
- Do friends comments you look tired/sad/aged even though you aren’t?
- Does the skin of your eyelids hang out to the base of your eyelashes?
- Have you noticed there is no space left on your eyelids to apply makeup?
- Are aware of bags starting to appear in lower eyelids and bulges in your upper eyelids?
- Do your eyes appear smaller than they did in years before?
- The excess skin of the upper eyelids is interfering with your upper outer peripheral vision?
- Are you having heavy sensation of the eyelids?
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is the plastic surgery procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids and aesthetically restores eye region of your face. The procedure is done to correct functional defects, deformities and disfiguration of eyelids. It can reduce or eliminate vision problems. The procedure may be done individually or in combination with other facial cosmetic surgeries. Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes, making your eyes appear younger and thereby boosting your self confidence.
What are the causes of sagging /droopy eyelids?
As you age, you tend to lose the natural elasticity of the skin and it begins to droop. The eyelids skin are very thin and has very little elastin in it, so loss of elastin together with weakening of muscles supporting them results in excess fat accumulating above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes. Sagging, droopy eyelids can create an undesired appearance and make you look older and there by affecting your self confidence. Besides these problems, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your peripheral vision, especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision.
Who are the ideal candidates for Blepharoplasty?
You may be Ideal candidates for Blepharoplasty if you have
- Individual with functional and aesthetic problem of periorbital area.
- Healthy individuals and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions or without serious eye conditions that can impair healing.
- Do not have smoking habits and have a positive outlook and realistic goals/expectations in mind for the improvement of your appearance.
- Psychologically stable.
What should I expect during my procedure?
The procedure will be performed under anesthesia or sedation. The procedure involves removing excess skin, muscles, fat from eyelids and tightening the supporting structures in order to restore a younger look. The surgery is an outpatient patient and will be completed within one to two hours and you will be able to go home on the same day of surgery.
At the time of discharge you will be given specific instructions. Following your surgeon’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. Be sure to follow all pre operative and post operative guidelines carefully.
What is the recovery process like?
During your blepharoplasty recovery, your eyelids will be wrapped in surgical bandages for the first couple of days. After surgery you may temporarily experience blurred vision, watery and light sensitivity eyes, double vision, bruising, soreness and swelling for a few days to weeks. Apply cold compress to reduce swelling and bruising for first 48 hours. It’s important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.
You should avoid straining physical activities that may cause pain and discomfort for the first few weeks after surgery. Avoid contact lens; rubbing your eyes and wear dark tinted sunglasses. You may resume exercise and normal activity as directed by your plastic surgeon. You may return to work within few days to weeks depending on the nature of your job.
During your recovery phase at home, if you experience bleeding, severe pain or unusual symptoms, you should seek your doctor’s attention immediately and may require additional treatment and hospitalization.
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