Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid Surgery is also called blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. This involves removing fat, usually along with excess skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes — features that can make you look old and tired, or even interfere with your vision.
This procedure doesn’t involve crow’s feet, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. Features of your ethnic or racial heritage cannot be erased, though they may be altered.
Ideal Candidates For The Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty can enhance your looks and give back your self-confidence, but won’t make you look entirely different. Be realistic in your expectations.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy and psychologically stable. Most are 35 or older. If droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid lift at a younger age.
The medical conditions which make blepharoplasty more risky are thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ diseases, dry eyes or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
If you have a detached retina or glaucoma, check with your ophthalmologist before you go for an eye lift procedure.
Risks of Eyelid Surgery
When blepharoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. But risks do exist and you should discuss these with your surgeon, reviewing the potential pros and cons of eyelid lift involved. Potential complications include:
- Temporarily blurred or double vision, lasting for a few days.
- Temporary swelling at the corner of the eyelids.
- A slight asymmetry in healing or scarring.
- Tiny whiteheads may appear after your stitches are taken out, which can be removed easily with a very fine needle.
Following eyelid surgery, some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep, leading to dry eyes and irritation. This is usually temporary and can be treated with topical medication ( eye drops and ointment ).
Another complication is ectropion — a pulling down of the lower eyelid which may require further surgery.
Note: You can discuss all complications with ALCS surgeons before opting for eyelid surgery in Jaipur.
Before Eyelid Surgery
The initial planning of eye lift with your surgeon is very important. The surgeon will need your complete medical history. Be sure to inform your surgeon of any pre-existing diseases and allergies, and if you are a smoker.
Vision is tested prior to eye lift, and in some cases, tear production is tested as well. Please provide your surgeon with any recent medical records pertaining to your eyes. You also need to adhere to following instructions before eyelid surgery:
- Stop smoking at least a month before the surgery as nicotine interferes with healing and recovery
- Do not take any blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, herbal products, or anti-inflammatory medications. These medications can increase the bleeding during the surgery and impose a risk on your health.
- Always stay hydrated before any kind of surgery as it promotes safe recovery
Most insurance policies don’t cover eyelid surgery unless drooping upper lids interfere with vision ( this is demonstrated on a special eye exam ).
On the morning of eyelid lift, the surgeon will mark the eyelids with a surgical pen, delineating the amount of skin to remove and the location of the incisions.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
The eyelid lift is usually done on an outpatient basis, with no hospital stay.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia; general anesthesia can be used when necessary. Eyelid surgery may take from one to three hours.
For this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids: in the creases of your upper lids, and just below the lashes in your lower lids. The incisions can extend into the crow’s feet or laughs line at the outer corners of your eyes.
If you have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids but don’t need to have any skin removed, your surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure the incision is made inside your lower eyelids, leaving no visible scar. It is usually performed on younger patients with more elastic skin.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
The recovery time from eyelid surgery will depend on individual to individual. Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you all precautions that you need to take. However, you need to keep some general points in mind before you go through eyelid surgery:
- Your surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated for several days.
- Cold compresses are used to reduce swelling and bruising.
- You surgeon may recommend moisturizing or medicinal eye-drops
- For the first few weeks after eyelid lift, you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, or ( more rarely ) temporary changes in your eyesight, such as blurring or double vision.
- Avoid activities that involve a sudden movement of the head or increase in blood pressure of the head. Such activities include heavy lifting, swimming, jogging or aerobic exercises
- Stitches are removed between three and five days after eye lift surgery
- Swelling and discoloration around your eyes typically persists for no more than seven to ten days. Scars may be red initially but fade with time
Eyelid Surgery Cost
Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss all aspects of the eyelid surgery, including financial aspects, with you before the procedure. The cost of eyelid surgery usually varies from patient to patient and depends on the hair transplant clinic as well as the experience of the surgeon. You must ensure that you get best hair transplantation under the supervision of expert hands only instead of caring too much about costs.
Feel free to contact ALCS for having a safe and effective eyelid surgery procedure in Jaipur under the best plastic surgeon in Rajasthan, Dr. Sunil Arora.