Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)
Blepharoplasty is a medical term used for cosmetic surgery of the palpebral, being best used to treat:
- -Excess skin on the top palpebral that can cause creases and obscure vision.
- -Excess fat deposits that can cause small bumps on upper palpebral or bags of fat in the lower palpebral.
- -Fallen lower palpebral, showing the white portion of the eyes below the pupils.
in some young patients, these conditions are typical of the natural process of aging or heredity.
The eyelid surgery removes excess skin, eliminates bags, and restores the natural look around the eyes, giving the face a more rested and alert look.
- The crow’s feet lateral to the eye generally do not improve with blepharoplasty, therefore they should be treated with injections of Botox ® or Disport ®, which weaken temporarily (4-6 months) the expression muscles that cause the wrinkles that are closely attached to skin. In some cases a Facelift may be indicated.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form to ensure that you have a full understanding of the procedure to be conducted, and that you are aware of the possible and potential complications.
Risks associated with eyelid surgery include problems healing, wound infection, and dry eyes.
- Difficulty closing the eyes completely may occur on the onset but will improve later on.
After surgery, iced saline gauze may be placed on eyelids, and lubricating substances in the eyes when necessary.
- At the beginning, inflammation of the area may occur, also dry eyes, discomfort in the region operated or bruised areas, that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and lubricants. All these conditions are common.
- The head must be kept high (30 to 45 degrees) to improve the inflammation.
- At first the sensation of edema (swelling), black and blue regions of the operated area and discomfort are normal. The pain will be controlled with medication and should not be more than tolerable. If you have any questions regarding any of these symptoms, ask your surgeon.
You will be instructed to avoid physical exertion or heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery. The return to normal activities will be gradual and according to the orientation of the surgeon. Some areas with lack of sensitivity and discreetly hardened on the operated region may occur and gradually improve in the months that follow.