Popularly referred to as a “Blepharoplasty”
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What is a Blepharoplasty - Eye Lift?
A eyelid lift, also known as the procedure blepharoplasty, is to eliminate skin and lift or remove excess fat from the eyes. The expression "eyelid lift" is a misleading term because the eyelids are not lifted in the course of surgery.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery involves incisions for removal of the skin and fat. A small stitch is utilized to stitch the skin and fat together, allowing the creation of an eyelid wrinkle.
Lower eyelid surgery may require skin incisions just beneath the line of the eye, or an incision inner side of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival method. Transconjunctival surgery allows access to the eyelids with no visible incisions, which makes this procedure ideal for patients that require excess fat removed or to add. This technique can be used in conjunction with laser treatment of the eyelid's skin to minimize wrinkles and lines.
Eyelid skin excess and fat may cause an unnatural looking eyelid, an wrinkles, puffiness and even reduce the upper fields of view. Upper blepharoplasty can be used to eliminate excess skin and fat , and can enhance the field of vision.
Double eyelid surgeries, often known as Asian eyelid surgery is performed to form or improve the appearance of an upper eyelid wrinkle. This kind of surgery is done on Asian individuals in order to "westernize" the appearance of the eyelid.
Lower blepharoplasty is a procedure to eliminate skin excess and enhance the shape of the eyelids by removing or adding excess fat. Sometimes, tightening the eyes is required to reduce the appearance of sagging. Laser skin resurfacing may be utilized to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.
People who have realistic expectations and are healthy and in good shape are able to undergo eyelid surgery.
Before undergoing eyelid surgery, the patient must undergo an extensive exam and discussion regarding the possibility of blepharoplasty, as well as the potential advantages and risks that may be associated with the procedure. The patient must follow the physician's instructions for preoperative care and carefully review the instructions for postoperative care prior to on the day that surgery is scheduled. This will permit the patient to take any medication for pain relief or other items that are required, such as gel pack or artificial tears and gauze in their home prior to returning from surgery.
A physical exam may be necessary to let your doctor "clear" you for surgery when intravenous sedation as well as general anesthesia are utilized.
Patients typically have a brief time to recover after the procedure known as blepharoplasty. While swelling and bruising are typically worse the day following surgery, they soon start to diminish. Within those first few days following surgery, using cold compresses can significantly reduce swelling and bruising around the face and eyes. A light exercise, such as walking will help speed the healing process. The bandages are typically placed over the sites of incision and then removed over a period of some days, while stitches are left within the skin for around one week. Sometimes, self-absorbing stitches are utilized which don't need to be removed.
Most people return to their normal activities within seven to ten days after surgery called blepharoplasty. After two weeks following surgery to the eyelids, most of the swelling and bruising will disappear.
The upper eyelid surgery is recommended for at minimum 5-7 years. Lower eyelid surgery does not need repeating. Naturally your eyes will get older following the procedure.