It is said that eyes are the windows to the soul. Regardless of how young you are in spirit, the aging process does not take kindly on the eyes and the tissues around it and its effects start to show in time. Your eyelids stretch out and their muscles weaken as time goes on, creating small bags of fat deposits above and below the eyelids which eventually lead to the sagging of brows, wrinkling of eyelids, sweat reaching the eyes, and puffy bags in the lower lid. As a result of this, you might look older than you actually are and it might also have an effect on your eyesight. Severe eyelid sagging prevents proper eyesight, especially when looking upwards or around the corner of your eye. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty improves both your looks and eyesight.
Before and after of upper lids
Who is a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery?
Sadly, this surgery is not suitable for all individuals. Age, physical and mental health, and some eye diseases are significant factors in determining whether or not you are suitable for this surgery. Individuals seeking to undergo this surgery must meet the following criteria:
- Puffy upper lid
- Upper lid with fatty deposits or extra skin
- Eyes which look tired and appear to be older than they are
- Having a bag or circles under the eyes
- Must be above 18 years old. Most of our patients are above 40 years old but genetics might cause wrinkles to appear for some younger people.
- The patient must be in great physical and mental shape. This surgery is very detailed and involves a bit of risk so the patient needs to consider all of the complications involved with it before making a decision.
What issues do not get resolved through eyelid surgery?
This surgery is performed only on the eyelid and around the eye. If you have dark circles around your eyes, wrinkles around the eyelid, and between the two brows, wrinkles on the forehead and sagging brows, you shouldn’t expect a significant change in your appearance after eyelid surgery. In order to improve upon the issues mentioned above, you need to undergo supplementary surgeries like a brow lift or Botox injection to remove the wrinkles around the eyes. It’s best to consult with your surgeon beforehand and discuss your expectations from this surgery with them.
Meeting and consulting your surgeon is the first step in eyelid surgery. Discuss your surgical goals, health condition, medications, vitamins being used, drug allergies, treatments, previous surgeries, smoking conditions, and eye problems with your surgeon during the consultation. The surgeon will explain different available options and necessary recommendations to you accordingly. The possible risks involved will also be detailed and photographs will be taken to ensure that this surgery is suitable for your needs. The preparation steps for eyelid surgery:
- No smoking at least two weeks before surgery
- Performing various tests to indicate total health condition of the patient
- No use of aspirin and other blood thinners
- Removing eye makeup before entering the operating room
Convalescence and post-treatment care steps
Eyelid surgery is generally a simple outpatient procedure. The initial recovery period takes about 2 weeks but more time is needed for the swelling to go down and the final results to become visible. Right after the surgery, the patient will experience blurry vision. This issue might be disheartening but it is normal. In the first few days, someone must take care of you. Luckily, this blurry state of vision is only temporary and your vision will go back to normal status quickly. After the surgery, your eyelids are glued in order to better heal and be positioned better. Make sure to get plenty of rest during the first week. It might be difficult for you not to watch TV or read but avoid those activities because you need to prevent your eyes from drying. Some degree of pain and discomfort is usually predicted which can easily be remedied using the prescribed pain relievers. You will most likely be able to return to your work after 10 days but you must avoid participating in vigorous sports and lifting heavy objects. These activities cause the incisions to tear, bleeding, and even lead to bacterial infection due to being in contact with sweat. Thanks to modern eyelid surgery techniques and our skilled surgeons, the post-surgery scars of eyelid surgery are not visible. Similar to the healing process of any other incision, your start to notice daily improvements but after a month, the healing pace slows down and you will notice changes on a weekly and even up to a 6-month basis. In the end, your scars will disappear and be barely noticeable. If you feel that your eyelids are dry, make sure to apply some eye ointment or facial moisturizer. Use eye drops to reduce the chances of infection. Pain relievers are usually prescribed to help the pain you experience in the initial days. Applying an ice pack on the eyes in the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery decrease the swelling and bruising considerably. Use the prescribed medication exactly as instructed. If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics make sure to complete the full prescription. Avoid rubbing your eyes or washing your face in the morning during the initial days after the eyelid surgery. Your eyes will be sensitive towards the light for a while, therefore, make sure to wear sunglasses. Avoid putting on eye makeup and around that whole area for two weeks. You might not be able to fully close your eyes during sleep for several weeks. This complication is completely normal and makes sure to use eye drops in these cases.
The results of eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery has many benefits, the most obvious one is that your eyes will have a more pleasing appearance. Your eyesight which was previously blocked because of sagging and wrinkling of the eyelids will now be clear. All of these results in a more youthful look and an increase in self-confidence.
Frequently asked questions
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is done to tighten the upper and lower lid, remove excess fat, and reinvigorate weak muscles. It can also be utilized to resolve the puffiness of the upper eyelid, the bag under the eye, and remove wrinkles and small lines around the eyes.
What is the benefit of eyelid surgery?
Due to sagging, excess skin, above the eyelid, distorts vision. This practical surgery removes excess skin to give you a clearer vision.
Who is not a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery?
- Individuals afflicted with glaucoma or dry eyes which could get worse by undergoing this surgery.
- Individuals afflicted with hyperthyroidism
- Individuals afflicted with an anatomical eye socket issue
How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?
The results are visible a few weeks after the surgery and are long-lasting. In fact, the results of an upper eyelid surgery usually last around 10 to 15 years and lower eyelid surgery is rarely needed.
What are the risks associated with eyelid surgery?
The risks of eyelid surgery include:
- An undesirable scar
- Dry eyes
- Temporary blurry vision and eyelid movement
- Problem with winking or closing eyes
- Excessive tear production in the initial weeks
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Numbness or pain
- Other eyelid disorders such as Ectropion (the eyelid turns outward) or Entropion (the eyelid folds inward)
- Need for a revision eyelid surgery
- Loss of sight
- Eyesight complications and discomfort are often temporary.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
An eyelid surgery’s cost depends on the surgeon and the patient’s condition. similarly, the cost also depends on the type of surgery (upper, lower or both eyelids). The lower eyelid usually costs more than the upper eyelid and includes operating room costs and anesthesia. You can book a consultation session with our professionals online. You can also call us at 040 – 65 66 660. We look forward to seeing you at Estetikcentrum. This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about professional plastic surgeries. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your surgeon or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.