However much we take care of the eye area, as time progresses, it leaves its mark. Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid lifting. During this surgical procedure, the surgeon will remove the saggy, wrinkled skin on your upper and lower eyelids. This instantly takes years off your face, bringing back the younger, dazzling version of you.
Blepharoplasty is performed to rejuvenate your eye area, and remove puffiness, bags, droopiness, and wrinkles.
Many people especially have eyes that don’t have creases on the lids. For them, the double eyelid surgery is a remedy. It is a different version of blepharoplasty that creates a crease in the upper eyelid for patients who lack one. By adding a ‘double eyelid’, the surgeon brings about a change in their eye appearance, instantly making their eyes larger and brighter.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty
The first thing that strikes you about anybody’s face is the eyes. When they are beautiful, you are drawn in by them, whether it is a man you are talking to or a woman. Besides the expression they hold, the shape and contour of the eyelids add to the aesthetic appeal of the eyes. One huge drawback in eye appeal is the skin around them. It is delicate, thin and does not secrete oil, speeding the sagging and showing age much faster than the other areas of the face.
Here’s what happens: sagging skin weighs down the upper eyelids. Wrinkles and puffiness occur, causing under eye bags that show up becoming relentlessly memorable. They relay fatigue and tiredness, even though you may not be feeling it yourself. So much that you become identified by your sagging, baggy eyes.
If this bothers you, your cosmetic surgeon has the answer: eyelid surgery. It entails removing excess fat, skin and a tightening of lax muscles.
Blepharoplasty involves removal of:
- Wrinkles on your eye lids and around the eyes
- Under eye bags
- Droopy eyelids
- Obstructed vision, caused by loose and saggy skin
Blepharoplasty, known as eye lift in lay terms, can be performed in conjunction with a facelift, depending on your need.
Skin surrounding the eyes is intricate, complex even. The resulting outcome depends a lot on the surgeon’s dexterity, his ability, knowledge of the eye area and the skill to make a customized surgery plan.
Eyelid lifts show quick results that will make you look youthful, refreshed, younger and totally transformed.
Make yourself a promise: to return for any post-op visits scheduled by your surgeon. This is to ensure enhanced quality of your eyelid lift and will help you heal well.
Follow all the pre-op and post-op instructions to the ‘T’. They are in your interest. Finally, don’t hesitate to report any unusual changes.
This information is for both lower eyelid and upper eyelid surgery.Individuals are different. And so are their bodies. Healing too varies from patient to patient, customized by nature, so to speak. Following belpharoplasty, caution must be exercised.
Given below are generic tips of what to expect post your procedure:
When you open your eyes from surgery, you will do so in the recovery room. Tiny white tapes will cover the incisions, and you can go home as soon as you completely recover from the sedation. It is a good idea to have someone take you home, as eyelid surgery can be pretty intense on the eyes, with swelling due to the procedure. There will be a certain amount of discomfort, pain even. But those symptoms can be controlled by medication. The discomfort diminishes every day and is generally gone within a week.
Sometimes, patients find their bodies reacting to the anesthetic with nausea, sometimes followed by vomiting. But these discomforts go away within a day – 24 hours to be precise. The remedy is replenishing lost fluids with soups, water, and rest.
Some amount of swelling follows the eyelid surgery, because of the cuts and nips. It lasts for between 3 to 5 days. During this time, patients may find their eyelids completely closed. In most cases, the swelling goes away within a week.
Bruises too will occur and this gets healed within a time span of 10 to 14 days. Light skin discoloration though, can last for up to several weeks. No need for alarm.
Swelling and bruising generally goes away within a week or two, and you will want to remain indoors till this happens. Even if you do happen to be compelled into going out due to unavoidable circumstances, you must wear sun glasses. Here’s your chance to go out wearing the most stylish pair you can get.
Treatment of Swelling
During the 3 to 5 days after surgery, when swelling is at its peak, it is important to keep your head raised above the shoulders by sleeping on several pillows. This helps gravity aid fluid drainage. Ice packs made of soft shape hugging material, even frozen peas or mustard seeds can be placed over the eyes to soothe them and reduce swelling. Keep the ice pack on your eyes for 20 to 30 minutes, around 4 times a day, for the first 5 days. Doing it for more than a week has no added benefits.
Get as much rest as you can at home during the entire first week after surgery.
Do not strain yourself by undertaking a strenuous exercise regime. Stop yourself from running, walking really fast, bending over, coughing or lifting anything that is heavy. All of these activities will increase blood flow to your face, and that could in turn cause increased bleeding around the newly created incisions around your eye area.You must, however remain mobile. Walking slowly after your operation helps. While strolling around slowly is highly recommended, nothing more should be attempted. Walking, in fact, will assist in reducing the swelling and keep blood clots from forming in your leg veins.
Do not drive. Your eyelids will be swollen from the surgery and you will be blurry eyed. You must wait for 3 to 5 days for the swelling to subside.
Caring for your Incisions
Keep your face clean by washing it with soap and water every day. Use a gentle cleanser and water. Pat your wet face dry gently. Do not rub your face vigorously.
The white tapes over your incisions may come off, but that should not alarm you. There is no need to replace the tape.
Life begins to return to normal the day after your eyelid surgery the day after. You could go in for a shower and even wash your hair normally.
Makeup, contact lenses and false eyelashes
Obviously, you cannot use any makeup during the first two weeks after surgery. In fact, it is good to abstain from it for three weeks if you can. When you do get back to applying it, try not to use heavy, dark colours on your eyelids, as the pigments from makeup tend to collect on scars and incisions, causing damage. Instead of looking good, you will end up looking neither here nor there.
Avoid false eyelashes and contact lenses for three weeks following your eyelid lift surgery.
Generally, the sutures used will go away without having to be removed. But in case they need to, your surgeon will have them removed after 5 to 7 days.
Seven days is how long it takes for a major part of the swelling to recede. Once the first week is behind you, improvements will begin being noticed in the 6 to 8 week period. Your eyelid lift results will last for many years to come. With time, you may notice a few fine wrinkles appearing.