When the fallen look begins to betray their age, patients take to blepharoplasty, an intervention aiming to surgical rejuvenation of the eyelids.
Informations about the medical procedure
The procedure consists of removing the excess of skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids, rendering thus the patient a feeling of youth and eyes wide open. Basically, the plastic surgeon makes a small incision in the natural wrinkles of the upper eyelid, removes the excessive skin and fat, and the extremely fine scars that form become indistinguishable in a few months. In the lower lid, excessive skin and the fat bags under the eyes are removed.
Sometimes, for best results, it is necessary to associate the procedure with fat injections, chemical peels and other laser procedures. Within about ten days after surgery, patients have a more youthful and rested look, while others about can only wonder to what this kindly change is actually due.
From the initial consultation with Dr. Aşchilian, patients decide whether they shall take to a reshape of the upper eyelid, the lower or both. There are cases where patients require this intervention to be linked with a lipofilling, in order to regain lost volume (adumbration of the face atrophy by injecting own fat) a temporal or a brow lift.
The procedure takes between one and three hours, depending on its complexity and whether it is carried out in combination with other procedures.
Intervention is, in most cases, under local anesthesia.
Not required, except combined blepharoplasty, made under general anesthesia and requiring hospitalization of the patient for a day or two.
Side effects and surgical risks
After surgery, the patient may feel a slight discomfort and swelling. If pain disappears after a few days, the swelling may persist for nearly two weeks, in some cases. Other complications that may affect the patient are mild photosensitivity, tearing or a dry eye sensation. Although rarely encountered, there is a risk of some infections, reaction to anesthesia, hematoma or eyelid asymmetry.
After surgery advice
It is very important that patients will follow rigorously the doctor’s postoperative recommendations. For pain relief, the doctor prescribes analgesics and to prevent infections – an antibiotic ointment. Edema, associated with this type of operations, can be reduced by using cold compresses applied to the eyelids. Also, over the recovery period, avoid any activity that requires the sight: reading, watching TV, writing, etc.
Patients suffering from glaucoma or the dry eye syndrome are more exposed to surgical risk after blepharoplasty. Therefore, if these conditions are severe, the doctor may advise the patient to refrain from such an operation.
Patients may appear in public after seven to ten days after surgery. In this period edema or possible bruising is expected (contusions) to take off.