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Do you think and believe that you are young and lively from the inside but your face and baggy skin around the eyes are whole at a different age? It happens to live these busy lives of ours that even after a good night’s sleep, it just doesn't do justice to your face and skin. So, to get the inner beauty to match with your outer beauty of face and eyes, cosmetic procedures are done. Cosmetic procedures are at the rescue to tackle all the baggy hanging skin around the eyes and its related issues and enhance the person’s appearance and as well as the functioning of the eyes. The eye is an important and sensitive body part that is also an important part of facial aesthetics and can play a vital role in the facial appearance and the idea revolving around the aging of the person. Blepharoplasty is one of such beneficial, most- efficient cosmetic procedures done by surgeons to make you feel young again.

Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery done to remove excess skin or fat from the upper and lower eyelids as well as the other areas around the eyes. These baggy saggy eyelids are a result of aging and it increases as the person’s age increases. With increasing age, the eyelids stretch to a great extent which causes the muscles around them to weaken. It is usually performed to remove this excess skin from the upper eyelids and bagginess from the lower eyelids and is known as an eye lift. Blepharoplasty is also a cosmetic procedure done to do skin rejuvenation, face-lift, and skin resurfacing to improve the appearance of the person overall. This cosmetic procedure is so popular because the eyes reflect the signs of aging at the earliest stages and make them more prominent than the other parts start showing.

Why is Blepharoplasty done?

Blepharoplasty is usually done for cosmetic purposes and is done for older people to improve vision for whom the sagging upper eyelids come under the way of their vision. The blepharoplasty surgery helps the person look younger, and alert and fixes the vision trouble. It is a combinational procedure done to tighten as well as uplift skin around the upper and lower eyelids.

This surgery is usually done to treat various conditions like droopy upper eyelids, excess skin on upper eyelids blocking the peripheral vision or excessive skin on lower eyelids, and saggy bags under lower eyelids. It helps the person get rid of these signs of aging and look younger and live life more confidently.

With Blepharoplasty eye surgeries, repositioning fat, tightening muscles, supporting tendons, and removing excess skin around the eyes and eyelids, drastically improve sagging upper eyelids and under-eye bags along with betterment in your vision.

Risks involved with Blepharoplasty/ Eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty treatment is a safe cosmetic procedure but has some minor risks associated with the eyelid treatment that needs rest and medication by the doctor. Some of the risks associated with the procedure are listed below-

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Damage from excessive sun exposure
  • Inability to close your eyes
  • Itchiness around the eye area
  • Scars of the surgery cuts or injections
  • Muscle damage of the area treated

All the people undergoing this treatment may or may not have these risks but are likely to happen and should take proper rest and medication as advised by the cosmetic surgeon.

Blepharoplasty: Before and After

Before the blepharoplasty procedure

Before this procedure, the patient is given injections to numb the eyelids and drugs through an IV to help him calm down, relax and prepare for the surgery.

During the procedure

A slit cut is made on the upper eyelids along the fold of the eyelid by the surgeon. The excess skin, muscle, and possibly excessive fat deposited above or below the eyelid are removed by the surgeon. The wound is then closed to complete the procedure. On the lower eyelid, the surgeon cuts just below the eyelashes in the natural crease of your eye or inside the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and saggy or baggy skin are removed or redistributed by the surgeon. The surgeon then closes the wound after the treatment is done. If your upper eyelid droops close to your pupil of the eye, your surgeon may combine blepharoplasty with ptosis surgery (TOE-sis). Ptosis is a procedure that lifts and removes excess eyelid skin to improve the facial appearance of the person.

After the procedure

Once the surgery is completed, the patient has to rest in the room for the doctor and the staff to examine for any kind of complications and after proper examination, you are free to go home later to rest.

There are some temporary after-effects of the surgery that the patient may face such as-

  • Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Puffy, numb eyelids
  • Swelling and bruising are just similar to having black eyes
  • Pain or discomfort

These after-effects of the surgery take proper rest and care at home to get back to normal. Also, you need to consult your doctor or care provider in case of excessive pain or discomfort.

Is Blepharoplasty right for you?

If you are struggling with tired-looking eyes, droopy eyelids, or excessive skin on upper or lower eyelids causing troubles with vision then cosmetic procedures like blepharoplasty is a good option for you to consider. If you are planning to get an eye lift, face-lift, or skin resurfacing and are in good health along with being well aware of what to expect from the treatment, your doctor will recommend you to undergo a Blepharoplasty procedure. Also, if the excess skin on the upper eyelid is coming in the way of your vision, blepharoplasty is right for you to solve this problem.

Do:

  1. Apply ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours you undergo the procedure. The next day, apply ice packs on your eyes 4 to 5 times throughout the day.
  2. Put eye drops or apply ointments as directed by the surgeon. For a few days, sleep with your head higher than your chest.
  3. To reduce swelling, apply cool compresses around the treated area.
  4. Wear dark sunglasses to shield your eyelid skin from the sun, dust, and wind.
  5. Painkillers like Acetaminophen (Tylenol, or others) can be used to relieve pain if required.

Do not:

  1. Engage in any tiring or hectic activity for a week, such as heavy lifting, swimming, jogging, or aerobics.
  2. Avoid smoking.
  3. You should not rub your eyes.
  4. Avoid wearing contact lenses for approximately two weeks after the treatment.
  5. Avoid the intake of aspirin and ibuprofen.

Consult the care provider's clinic as directed to have any stitches removed. Seek medical attention right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty in Breathing
  • Chest pain
  • A high heart rate
  • New severe eye pain
  • Bleeding Vision Issues

Many people who have undergone blepharoplasty report feeling more confident and looking younger and more rested. For some people, the effects of surgery may last a lifetime. Others may experience recurring droopy eyelids.

The problems like Bruising and swelling around the eyelids usually fade over 10 to 14 days. Scars caused by surgical cuts may take several months to fade to normal. Sun exposure should be avoided to your delicate eyelid skin. A safe and efficient blepharoplasty procedure is done at Eterna Vision & Aesthetics - a pioneering organization in the cosmetic surgery industry. Book your appointment today to get a consultation with our expert doctor.