Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the excess skin and muscle around the eyes are removed from both the upper and lower eyelids together with the underlying fat tissue. Blepharoplasty corrects droopiness and removes sagging and signs of aging present around the eyes.
The purpose of an eye lift is mostly for cosmetic reasons, but in special cases, It helps improve vision in elderly patients with drooping upper eyelids.
Blepharoplasty surgery isn’t a standard procedure but rather varies between patients depending on their particular needs. Some may need a blepharoplasty for one eyelid while some may need the procedure on both eyelids.
Candidate for Blepharoplasty
You’re suitable for blepharoplasty if you meet the following conditions:
- Have excess skin around your eyes
- Have droopy eyes
- You’re in good health
How to Prepare for Blepharoplasty
In general, our surgeons at Esthete Clinic will go over these points with you. But here are some of the most important points to take into consideration before blepharoplasty.
- If you smoke, you should stop starting from 2 weeks before your blepharoplasty.
- Stop using vitamin E and blood thinners 2 weeks before blepharoplasty.
- Don’t eat 5 hours before surgery
- Don’t apply any products or makeup to your face on the day of your blepharoplasty
Pre-blepharoplasty, we’ll run a routine blood test to make sure you’re suitable for the procedure. Then our anesthesiologists at Esthete Clinic will administer general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
During blepharoplasty, your surgeon will make incisions in between the natural folds of your eyes ensuring scars don’t show after blepharoplasty. Through these incisions, all the excess skin, fat, and muscle is removed; and the changes are sutured with cosmetic stitches.
After blepharoplasty you’ll wake up to bandages around your eyes, these bandages will not limit your vision.
Edema and bruising are very common after blepharoplasty, applying cold compressors to the treatment area can help you significantly reduce these symptoms. Start by applying cold pads for 20 mins per hour on the first day then 20 mins per two hours.
Duration of Blepharoplasty
A blepharoplasty is a procedure that lasts between 1 to 3 hours depending on the technique used in the surgery.
Results of Blepharoplasty
It’s important to have realistic expectations in regard to your blepharoplasty results. A blepharoplasty can not correct dark circles, eye bags, and wrinkles around the eyes.
In the upper eyelid fold, lower eyelid, under the eyelashes, a thin pink line may be noticeable in the first weeks.
You will notice a drastic change in terms of excess skin and droopiness. Although results are immediate, they will improve with time.
Edema and bruising are very common after blepharoplasty, applying cold compressors to the treatment area can help you significantly reduce these symptoms. Start by applying cold pads for 20 mins per hour on the first day then gradually decrease the interval to 20 mins per two hours.
Right after surgery, bandages will cover your eyes, but they will not limit your vision. You can experience slight bleeding and leakage in the area, particularly in the first hours after the procedure but your bandages will absorb this.
Try not to exert any pressure on your face and sleep at an elevated angle to reduce swelling.
Do not scratch or unnecessarily touch your wounds.
Take your painkillers and medications as your doctor recommends. Avoid strenuous exercise, solarium, sauna, steam rooms, and swimming for 6 weeks after the procedure.
Wear your sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes from wind and sun exposure.