Blepharoplasthy, also know as eyelids surgery, it is a procedure that aims to rejuvenate the eyes area, removing the excess of fat and skin that cause a tired look. This surgery can be performed in both upper and lower eyelids, the last one it is also called as lower blepharoplasty.
Why this happens? Well, anatomically everyone have little fat pockets around the eye, what it happen is the eyelid skin is very thin, and with the passing of time, UV rays exposure, gravity and the marks generated by highly repetitive expressions, cause that the skin lost firmness and the fat pockets collaps, this is the causing of the tired look.
On the other hand, excess of fat around the eyes it is a hereditary condition and can appears at younger age, whereby there are young people who have signs of aging and tired look, because of fat pockets.
In general terms, this surgery can be performed in patients, both men and women, over 35 years, because at this age range, the skin tends to soften, making the fat pockets located in the eyelid, colpase and causing a tired looking, but as we explained earlier, this surgery can be perfomed in youger people over 18 year, because excess of fat around the eyelid are a hederitary issue, and can apear at early age making the face look tire.
Also, is necesary to realized medical exam, for checking your health condition, it very important to not have any ophtalmological diesea like glaucoma, furthermore, diesea like hyperthyrodism, cardiovascular diesea, diabetes or high blood presure, make this procedure high risky for the patient.
It is an outpatient basis surgery, can be performed under local or general anesthesia as the patient prefers. For upper eyelid an incision is made through the groove of the eyes, where the skin fold, with the objective to camoflage the scar then proceed to remove both the fat pockets and the excess skin to then suture it.
For lower eyelids there are two options, if there are a lot of excess of skin, an incision is made through the fold skin, close to the eyelashes line, then proceed to remove both the fat pockets and excess of skin to then suture it. If there are not excess of skin but there are big fat pockets, as is the case of young people, it can be performed a lower transconjunctival blepharoplasty, in this procedure, the insicion is made inside the eyelid to removed the fat pockets, therefore, leaves no visible scars.
Being an outpatient surgery, the patient does not require hospitalization, but a disability of at least 5 days. The first 4 days patient will feel heavyness and swelling around the eyes, it is good to apply ice or cold packs, being carefull to not burn the skin with cold, at third day,tha patient can apply warm cloths to decrease swelling.
It is very important to not perform activities that require much visual effort, you must also avoid sun exposure and sleep with your head elevated and face up to help the healing process.
After one week, the stiches will be removed, and the patient can resume almost all their normal activities, but need to avoid make intense exercises, it is very important to keep using sunscreen to avoid exposing the area of the eyes to direct sunlight, so you will have to wear sunglasses or a hat.
You can not apply eye makeup until the surgeon indicates it, and if you use contact lenses, you can not use them for two weeks, also, it is important to not enter pools during this period to avoid risks of infection.
After the third week, the patient can resume all their activities normally, but they still need to use sunscreen. During this period the scars still being red, but with the passing of the time and the right cares the skin will return to their normal color.
If you want to enhance your appearance and rejuvenate your look, in Esthetictrip we are ready to help you, we have the best experts in the area of cosmetic surgery, we will also help you with all the logistics of the trip, accommodation and care, if you are interested in performing a blepharoplasty, contact us through our website.