As we age, we also lose collagen and elasticity in our skin. Sun exposure, gravity, and even hereditary factors contribute to excess wrinkling and sagging skin of the upper and lower eyelids. Allergies or infections, can compound the situation even further. Puffy bags under the eyes are common findings, as are droopy upper eyelids. These changes often convey a tired appearance and can even obstruct vision, causing difficulty seeing .But what do you do if your saggy lids make you look tired and old all the time? The answer is blepharoplasty, or plastic surgery for your eyelids. A blepharoplasty is performed to correct saggy, droopy eyelids. A blepharoplasty can be done on the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasties are performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
Who Is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, a blepharoplasty may be for you:
- Baggy, droopy upper or lower eyelids
- Excess skin on your upper eyelids that interferes with vision
- Bags or excess fat under your eyes
- Excess skin on your lower eyelids
Blepharoplasty can restore your face to a more youthful, awake appearance. Blepharoplasty may not be right for everybody, however. Sometimes, other procedures such as brow or facelift may be a better choice to suit your needs.
How to prep for blepharoplasty?
Although blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure with few risks or complications, preparing for it properly helps your outcome and recovery. Here’s what we recommend:
- Quit smoking at least three or four weeks before your surgery to help post-procedure healing
- Stop taking blood thinners and herbal supplements, all of which can cause excess bleeding for a week prior and a week after your procedure.
- Reveal your medical history so that your plastic surgeon is aware of any situation that could affect your outcome.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure
How Is a Blepharoplasty Done?
The blepharoplasty procedure is an outpatient procedure that generally takes anywhere from one to three hours to complete. Before beginning, your surgeon will inject your eyelids with numbing medication, procedure will be a little different depending on whether you have surgery on your upper or lower eyelids.
Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure
A tiny incision is given in the natural fold and crease of upper eyelid and removes the extra tissue (excess skin, muscle, and fat) that is causing your eyelids to droop. This helps conceal the scar after healing. Once the necessary adjustments are made, will close the incision using very fine sutures.
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty Procedure
On the lower eyelids, incision is given just below the lashes line or inside the lower eyelid. so the scar will be hidden completely. Through the incision, excess skin, fat, and muscle is removed that may be forming the baggy pockets under your eyes
Recovering After Blepharoplasty
After your blepharoplasty, you need to take a little while to rest at the surgery centre before going home. This will allow the anaesthesia to wear off slightly. At home, you need to follow a series of after-care instructions and get some rest. You may feel some discomfort for a few days that over-the-counter pain medications should ease nicely. Most people notice the swelling and bruising subsiding after a week. Cold compresses or ice packs can ease your discomfort and inflammation faster. You should be sure to use all of your medications as directed for the amount of time recommended. This will help in the healing process and stave off infection. The suture line is placed along the upper lid crease. So once the sutures are taken out, there will be a fine line scar along the crease, which is not visible and usually fades away with time, and eventually, no scar is visible. It may take up to two hours if you have both lids done together.
How blepharoplasty makes you look younger?
Blepharoplasty turns back the clock and helps you reclaim your youthful look Because drooping eyelids typically develop as we age and lose skin elasticity, this feature is one clear signifier of our age. Reversing this drooping helps patients look younger.
Upper blepharoplasty is a well-loved procedure because, although it only treats a small area, it has a big impact on your appearance. Still, the older that you are when you undergo an eyelid lift, the more likely it is that other complementary procedures will be necessary in addition to your eyelid lift to achieve a natural-looking appearance.