Am I a Good Candidate for Eye Lid Surgery?

As is the case with all cosmetic surgery it is essential that one be in good health and have realistic expectations. Blepharoplasty removes fatty tissue on the upper and lower eyelid, giving your a younger rejuvenated appearance.
As the plastic surgery specialist plans the surgery, he may also recommend additional skin rejuvenating procedures to raise the eyebrows, stretch the skin on your forehead and remove the wrinkles around your eyes.


Making an Informed Decision

Whether the surgical procedure is functional or cosmetic, your choice of a plastic surgeon is very important. The patient must also be careful to heed every warning the plastic surgeon gives both before and after the operation.
In the examination prior to the operation, you will be asked questions about your vision, dry eyes, use of contact lens and your desires. Your plastic surgeon will describe what can be expected from the blepharoplasty that will be performed on you and ask about your medical history. Your age, skin type, ethnic background and field of vision will be significant factors. More importantly, this first examination will be an honest exchange of information between you and your plastic surgeon, which is critical to a successful experience.


Surgery

The plastic surgeon will first determine the natural lines and creases on the upper eyelid to hide traces of the procedure. After the incision has been made, fatty deposits, excess muscles and sagging skin will be removed. In order to minimize scarring, the incision will be neatly closed with miniscule stitches.
An incision will be made at the base of the eyelashes on the lower eyelid to hide the incisions. Fat deposits and excess muscle and skin will be removed and then neatly closed with miniscule stitches. If the problem is only fat deposits in the eye, the incision may be made on the inside of the lower eyelid. The operation takes one or two hours under normal circumstances.
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Underlying compartments of fat, together with excess skin will be removed in the operation.
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Blepharoplasty patient, shown before surgery with bags under eyes and wrinked folds of skin hooding eyelashes on upper lid.
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Cisions following natural contour lines in upper and lower lids provide access to skin and fatty tissue.
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Sutures close the incisions, leaving hairline cars that soon fade.
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The postoperative patient with unobstructed upper eyelids and firm, smooth skin under the eyes.

Post-Surgery

When the operation is finished, eye salve and cold compresses will be applied to the sewn up incision. Drops that prevent dry eyes may be used. A certain amount of swelling and bruising will occur after the surgery. Keeping your head raised high and using cold compresses will speed healing and make you more comfortable.

You may experience watery eyes and a stinging sensation for one week. You may clean the area around your eyes and use the drops and eye salve that is recommended. Your plastic surgeon will inform you concerning the physical activities and environmental conditions that are permissible. The stitches will be removed within 4-5 days.

Surgical cosmetic procedures on the face will help you regain your self-confidence and correct signs of premature aging.

Individuals who have had eyelid surgery before and it turned out to be unsuccessful should not despair. Corrective procedures can always be performed to achieve a better result.