Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty is the aesthetic procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the eyelids, to make more alive and rejuvenated view.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure performed on men and women of all ages who want to improve their image. Most patients want to rejuvenate the eye, affected by the passage of time, but can also be done in young patients with congenital excess bags.
Upper eyelids :
• Excess skin that hides the natural groove which forms the upper eyelid.
• Swelling of the eyelid, giving a look of tired eyes.
• Bags under the skin that modify the natural curve of the eyelid.
• Excess skin, fine wrinkles or ‘crow’s feet’.
A personal visit is the first step for anyone who is thinking about a blepharoplasty.
Dr. Saez will ask about your general health and what your expectations are.
From an individualized evaluation Dr. Saez will explain the technique and the results that can be achieved by surgery.
The most common technique is explained below. However, there may be slight variations depending on the physical characteristics of each person.
Upper eyelids :
An incision is made at the natural crease of the upper eyelid, and excess skin and fat are removed. The scar is hidden in the eyelid crease, being practically negligible once the healing process.
Usually the incision is made in the conjunctiva (inner eyelid) and usually does not need external scar to remove the bags.
In patients with many wrinkles in the lower eyelid may be necessary external incision under the lashes to remove excess skin. The scar is concealed by the natural wrinkles of the eyelid.
• This operation is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation and outpatient basis (it is not usually required hospitalization).
• The operation usually lasts between 1 to 2 hours.
Although each person’s recovery is different, it is common to follow the next steps:
After the operation the usual stay at the clinic is 3 to 4 hours, thereafter the patient can be discharged.
THE FIRST DAY:
• It is advisable to moderate sleep in bed or on the couch and maintain the head lifted with a cold gauze over the eyelids.
DURING THE FIRST WEEK:
• Inflammation around the eyelids will decrease gradually.
• You may notice some itching, sensitivity to light, dry eyes or sensitive. It will be prescribed a treatment to minimize these problems.
• The stitches will be removed after 6-7 days.
AFTER THE FIRST WEEK:
• You can progressively start to work and return to normal activity in 3 or 4 days.
• You can start using makeup.
AFTER THE FIRST MONTH:
• Inflammation will reduce and you will start to see more defined final results. However, malar edema (cheek swelling) can persist for one or two months.
• Eye irritation will disappear and you will be able to use your contact lenses.
• You can do more vigorous exercises.
This intervention provides a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and gives patients more fulfilment with their new facial image.
These results can be maintained for many years. However, you must remember that your face is not immune to the effects of fluctuations in weight or age. Therefore periodic monitoring is recommended, you will receive instructions on how best to preserve the initial results.
Blepharoplasty can be combined with other treatments to improve and maintain the results, such as facelift, mesotherapy, growth factors, peelings,fillers or wrinkles treatment with botox.