Our eyes account for the large part of our facial expressions. Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is a procedure to remove the bagginess of the lower eyelids and to do away with the extra skin on the upper eyelids. The procedure is very helpful for those who want to get rid of the sagging skin around the eyes, which is the most visible sign of aging. Sometimes sagging eyelids can create a problem with the vision, so Blepharoplasty can also be performed for non-cosmetic purposes.
Sagging of the skin is one of the biggest problems of aging. With aging as the facial skin begins to lose elasticity, excess skin begins to collect around the eyes, which is not only unsightly but also causes wrinkles, bulges, and fine lines to develop.
Cosmetic Blepharoplasty – Cosmetic Blepharoplasty is a procedure that is not medically necessary and is performed only to improve your appearance. With aging, your eyelid skin stretches, and muscle gets weak, resulting in drooping eyes. Such a condition may decrease the overall attractiveness of your face and make it look tired and older. To correct this, cosmetic Blepharoplasty is performed.
Functional Blepharoplasty – Functional Blepharoplasty is performed for various medical reasons. Mostly, it is performed to remove the loose skin from the upper eyelid if it droops low enough, causing impairment of your vision for various day to day tasks.
Ideal Candidate You might consider Blepharoplasty if you have drooping or sagging of the skin around the eyes due to aging. Skin sagging can also be exaggerated when you have puffy eyes due to allergies or edema. You can be a good candidate for Blepharoplasty if your vision is affected by the sagging skin. The best candidates for Blepharoplasty are the ones who are healthy and have realistic expectations from the procedure. Most of the candidates undertaking the procedure are more than 35 years of age. To reduce the risk of complications, you should not have any chronic illnesses that can affect your recovery.
Blepharoplasty includes the following steps:
The recovery period is short after Blepharoplasty. A patient can use cold compression to reduce the bruising and swelling around the eyes. Thin bandages may be placed over the incision site, which is removed after a few days. A patient may start reading after a couple of days and can resume work after five to ten days. He can also start using a contact lens after two weeks. The patient is advised not to consume alcohol after the surgery for sometime. The patient can resume strenuous activities after three weeks. It may take several weeks for bruising and swelling to subside.
There may be temporary discomfort and a feeling of tightness in the surrounding areas, along with little bruising and swelling. For the first few weeks, you will be sensitive to light. In rare cases, there may be excessive dryness, itching, or burning of eyes.
During the recovery period, your eyes will be red and bruised during the first few days. The whites of your eyes will be bloodshot, which will take a few weeks to heal completely, and you should not wear any eye makeup during such time. Once the eyelid swelling subsides, you can resume wearing your contact lenses. The sutures dissolve on their own in four to seven days, and there will be no need to have them removed.
Most of the people undergoing such procedures report satisfaction and improved self-confidence. Patients who have impaired vision due to excess skin fold also report improvement in their visual field after the procedure.
Years ago, Blepharoplasty was more focused on aggressive fat and skin removal, which lead to unnecessary complications like irritated eyes, lid retraction, and sunken appearance. Today the procedure is specially customized for each patient as per his condition and needs. Modern-day Blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia, but in some cases, the surgeon may also use general anesthesia for the procedure.
Dr. Parag is an experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery. With immense experience, Dr. Parag is capable of handling any kind of cases irrespective of their complexities. He understands his patient’s goals and concerns while being proactive in eliminating all the associated complications with the procedure. Dr. Parag is a surgeon , you can completely rely upon without any doubt for the best surgical outcome after Blepharoplasty.
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