The first thing a person notice’s when they first meet is the eyes. If you have saggy eyelids, sagging skin, or wrinkles they can make you look as if you are overtired, aged, and even stressed out. By tightening the wrinkles and removing the unwanted fat on your eyelids you can easily look years younger again.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
The eyelids are very thin and have elasticity to them. They are the first part of the body that will show signs of aging rather early. Getting eyelid surgery all depends on the patient and what their desire is. If you are in overall good health and are ready for this surgery, you are indeed a good candidate and it can be done at an early age if preferred. There are many reasons that a person wishes to have this surgery done and the most common reasons include:
- Bulging fat
- Loose skin
- Sagging skin
- Eyelid wrinkles and lines
- Dark circles and shadow
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
There are a few different types of eyelid surgeries that a patient can have done.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
If the patient chooses upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon will first mark the creases of the eyelids and lines as well. This is done to keep the scarring to a minimum. The surgeon then makes the incision and removes all of the excess fat, muscle and loose skin. The surgeon will then place fine sutures to close the incision site, and this will lessen the scars because they are in the natural folds of the eyelid.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
If a patient is having lower lid surgery done, the surgeon will make the incision along the lash line as well as the smile creases along the lower lid. Then, excess fat, skin, and muscle are taken out and the incision is closed with sutures.
- Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty which is done on the inside of the lower lid
- Laser upper eyelid surgery which uses a laser and seals the blood vessels as it makes contact which leads to less bleeding and swelling.
- Asian Eyelid Surgery which is also known as Double Eyelid Surgery.
Variations in Eyelid Surgery
There are a few variations that a patient can choose from when getting an eyelid surgery. Ask your physician what options are available to you. A patient can choose to have surgery on the upper, lower, or both eyelids. Options can include:
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
After a patient has an eyelid lift surgery, they will need to use a lubricant ointment to help reduce and dryness that may be experienced in the area. Vision may be blurred for the first evening after patient had the surgery, and the patient should get adequate rest and have their head elevated. Applying cold compresses to the eyelids will help out, but remember to avoid anything weighing more than an ounce. The patient needs to limit their activities and their blood pressure should be continually monitored to prevent any bleeding that can cause vision to be affected.
Potential Risks and Complications of Eyelid Surgery
Most eyelid procedures are minimally invasive and they are done for a variety of reasons. They are done to correct eyelid abnormalities and have many benefits to them. However, as with any procedure and surgery, there are potential risks as well as complications beforehand. While most all risks and complications are temporary, the chance of permanent ones should also be taken into consideration and talked about with your surgeon first.