Eyelid Surgery : A Closer Look

  • Monday July 10, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

    Technorati Tags: plastic surgery procedures, eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, plastic surgery

    Drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes can make one look older and projects a tired feel.  In serious cases it can even interfere with the vision.  The plastic surgery procedure blepharoplasty, commonly called eyelid surgery can correct the condition by removing fat that usually exist along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.  

    As a cosmetic procedure, eyelid surgery is known to add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, although it will not erase evidence of a person’s ethnic or racial heritage.  Even, it won't lift sagging eyebrows or eliminate dark circles under eyes.  It is not the procedure to get rid of crow's feet or other form of wrinkles in the eye area.  

    Although blepharoplasty can be done alone, there is a growing demand for combination facial surgery procedures such as in conjunction with a browlift, forehead lift or facelift.

    If puffy bags below the eyes are awfully bothersome, eyelid surgery should be at once sought.  

    Whether all four eyelids or just the upper or lower ones? Whether to remove skin as well as fat? Whether any additional procedures are appropriate? -- greater appreciation for any cosmetic surgery procedure largely depends on the awareness coupled with the surgeon’s objective opinion. 

    When in doubt on anything about the procedure -- when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results to expect, it is always best to ask the plastic surgeon.

    Take a closer look at some foresight on eyelid surgery:    

    Any men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in his or her expectations can choose to have eyelid surgery.

    Statistics show that most patients are above 35 years old; but there are younger individuals who seek the procedure especially if droopy, baggy eyelids run in their family.  

    Details of medical history is very important and should note of any indications on allergies, medications (prescription or over-the-counter) and nutritional supplements previously and currently using.  Disclosure of smoking, drinking or substance abuse practices may be required (but are always treated confidential).    

    Most eyelid surgeries require a pre-check with an ophthalmologist.  If a patient wears glasses or contact lenses, the record of most recent eye exam should come very useful along with other relevant information, such as an assessment of a patient’s tear production.  Of more important caution, an ophthalmologist should be able to determine any signs of a detached retina or glaucoma.  

    Blepharoplasty runs risky for a few medical conditions to include dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, thyroid hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders and diabetes.

    Eyelid surgery usually takes one to three hours.  The typical procedure works through incisions – in natural lines of the eyelids; in the creases of upper lids, and just below the lashes in the lower lids –  to separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle and to remove excess fat.  Sagging skin and muscle often requires trimming. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.

    Occasionally, double or blurred vision is experienced for a few days after surgery.  A number of complaints point to minor infection or reactions to the anesthesia, temporary swelling at the corner of the eyelids and a slight asymmetry in scarring prior to healing.  After stitches are taken out, tiny whiteheads may appear, which a surgeon can easily remove using a very fine needle.

    Scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery.  As healing progresses, scars fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line.

    The result: a more alert and youthful look that will last for years. For many people, these results are permanent.

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