Eyelid surgery

Eyelid plasty – Eyelid surgery

They say that the eyes are a window to the soul. And yet, your eyes and the tissues around them will eventually start to show signs of aging, regardless of how youthful your soul might feel. As you go through life, your eyelids stretch, while the muscles that support them begin to weaken. This can lead to small pockets of fat gathering above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids, sweat falling into your eyes, and those unsightly under eye bags. This makes you look older than you feel, and it can also have an impact on your vision. Severely sagging skin can block your sight, especially in the upper and outer parts of your field of vision.

Blepharoplasty helps you look more alert and well rested. Also known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, it also repairs vision that is blocked by sagging skin. In fact, in the 2008 article titled, Blepharoplasty, doctors found that patients experienced more confidence and happiness after their surgery!

 

Example of a before and after of an upper eyelid surgery.

 

 

Examples of the before and after of a lower eyelid plasty.

Before and after upper eyelid

7 Reasons Why Your Blepharoplasty in Malmö is Better at Estetikcentrum

Blepharoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure offered by most plastic surgery clinics. However, not all eyelid surgeries are the same. There are many reasons you should consider undergoing your eyelid surgery with us.

  1. We Use Local Anesthesia for Fewer Risks and a Faster Recovery.

We only use local anesthesia for upper, lower, and combined eyelid lifts. General anesthesia, where you’re put to sleep for the procedure, carries a number of risks and side effects, including nausea and vomiting, dizziness and serious allergic reaction. We feel it’s best to avoid these completely by simply using local anesthesia instead. That being said, if you prefer general anesthesia, and are fully aware of all the risks, arrangements can be made for you.

  1. You’ll Get a Smoother and Sleeker Result.

Once your procedure has begun, we make sure to remove some of the whitish fat found in the inner corners of the upper eyelids. This is a very small and seemingly insignificant change to make, but it can have remarkable results in the end. Just removing a small amount of the fat found in this area helps to create a smoother and more appealing result. Surprisingly, not all surgeons do this because of the “extra work”.

In addition to taking some of the fat from the inner corners of the upper eyelids, we also make sure to remove plenty of extra fat from the eyelids themselves. This decreases the fullness or “bulkiness” many patients are hoping to correct. Some clinics and surgeons only remove excess skin, but leave much of the fat in place. Unfortunately, this technique can often leave unwanted fullness in the eyelids. A common complaint from patients undergoing this limited tissue removal is that their eyelids are still too saggy and bulky. Our surgeons carefully remove just enough fat to address any fullness in the eyelids, giving you the firmer, sleeker improvement you want.

  1. We Limit Scarring with a Special Suturing Technique.

For an upper blepharoplasty, we do two things to limit scarring: we don’t suture the muscles in the upper eyelid and we only use one layer of nonabsorbable sutures to close the incision, which is removed after a single week. This helps to make sure there isn’t too much tension on the incision while it heals. Tension is the primary factor in scarring, and the less tension there is, the lighter and thinner the scar. We prefer to use nonabsorbable sutures for this procedure because absorbable sutures are left in the skin for much longer as they dissolve, potentially leading to more noticeable scarring. Lastly, tape is usually left in place to help support the healing incisions for about 2 weeks more.

  1. We Prevent Under Eye Hollows and Bags.

For lower blepharoplasties, we don’t remove any fat from under the eyes. Under eye bags are caused when the tissues and support structures of your eyelids begin to weaken, allowing fat that has been contained to start to move to the bottom of your eye, and to puff outwards unattractively. Many surgeons and clinics choose to try to remove some of this fat, but when too much is taken it raises the risk of under eye hollows forming in its place. On top of this, under eye hollows tend to worsen with age, which makes for poor results that only get worse with time. Rather than risk removing too much fat and creating an unsightly hollow, we reposition the fat instead in the tear trough area, and secure it using absorbable sutures. This allows us to eliminate bags and prevent hollows from developing, as well as create fullness exactly where it’s needed. Excess skin is also removed in the under eye area to achieve a smoother contour.

  1. We Prevent the Development of Ectropion After Lower Blepharoplasty.

While many clinics rely on a single technique, you’ll be able to select from a traditional lower eyelid lift or transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The transconjunctival method involves making a small incision on the inside of the eyelid, which means that there is no cutting externally or of the under eye muscles. Leaving the under eye muscles intact greatly lessens the risk of ectropion, a condition characterized by the eyelid turning outward, away from the eyeball. This technique is ideal if you suffer from particularly saggy under eye muscles, as your condition would put you at a higher risk of developing ectropion after a traditional lower eyelid surgery.

In addition to avoiding damaging the lower eyelid muscle, our surgeons also reposition it. The muscle is connected to a higher position near the outer corner of the eye using nonabsorbable sutures. This gives the lower lids a pleasing lift that provides better support for the lower eyelid structures, giving you longer lasting results. It also greatly reduces the risk of ectropion.

  1. You’ll Get a Cooling Gel Pack After Surgery to Control Swelling.

When all is said and done, and your procedure is complete, you’ll be given a cooling gel pack to place over your eyes while in the recovery room. You’ll be able to take this gel pack home with you, and it’s in your best interest to use it throughout the first part of your recovery to help control swelling. Swelling is a common side effect of eyelid surgery.

For the most relief, try to use it for about ten minutes, every thirty minutes or so for the rest of your surgery day.

  1. You’ll Get a Medical Note Allowing You 2 Weeks Off From Work.

The recovery period after an eyelid surgery is usually fairly quick, generally lasting about 10 days to 2 weeks. During this time, you won’t be able to do many of the things that you normally do on a day-to-day basis, like exercising, reading, or even watching TV. And you certainly shouldn’t be wearing contact lenses for at least 2 weeks after your surgery. All of these restrictions mean that you most likely won’t be in any condition to go to work for a few weeks. For this reason, we issue each and every one of our patients a medical note allowing for two weeks off from work. Your recovery is just as important as the procedure itself, so your medical note ensures that you can take all the time that you need.

 

 

Consultation

When getting ready to undergo a blepharoplasty, the very first thing you’ll need to do is book your consultation appointment with our surgeons. At this meeting you’ll discuss your goals for the procedure, any medical conditions you have, including things like drug allergies, previous medical treatments or surgeries you’ve undergone, and especially any problems you have with your eyes. You’ll also likely talk a bit about any prescription medications you’re currently taking, as well as vitamins, herbal supplements and tobacco use.

During your consultation, your surgeon will talk to you about your options for eyelid surgery, what they recommend for your unique goals, and the kinds of outcomes you can expect. All the risks will be laid out for you to fully understand, and some photographs will likely be taken to use as a reference. All of this is done to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Unfortunately, blepharoplasty isn’t for everyone. Things like age, overall mental and physical health, and certain eye related conditions can make you a poor candidate. The ideal eyelid surgery candidates are people with:

  • Puffy upper eyelids.
  • Extra upper eyelid skin and/or fat.
  • Tired looking eyes that look older than they really are.
  • Bags or grooves under the eyes.

 

Recovery

Blepharoplasty is usually a fairly simple outpatient procedure. The initial recovery usually takes about 2 weeks or so, but it can take longer time for the majority of the swelling to fade and for your final results to be revealed. Right after surgery your vision will be a little blurry. This can be unnerving at first. You may need someone to help you in the first 1-2 days after your surgery. Fortunately, this is only temporary and your normal vision will return shortly.

After your procedure, your eyelids will be supported with tape to help them heal properly and in their new positions.

You’ll need to take it easy for the first week after your surgery. It might be hard, but you should try to avoid reading or watching TV while you rest because these activities can dry out your healing eyes. Some mild pain and discomfort is expected, but you should be able to control it with the pain medication you’ll be prescribed.

You’ll most likely be able to go back to work within about 10 days of your procedure, but you’ll still need to stay away from serious exercise or heavy lifting for at least 4 weeks. These kinds of activities can rupture your incisions and lead to bleeding, or even bacterial infections from sweat.

Thanks to modern eyelid surgery techniques and your surgeon’s skill, there should be virtually almost no visible scarring at all once you’re fully healed. That being said, it’s normal to be concerned with your healing scars once all the swelling has faded. Just like with any other healing cut, you’ll first notice daily improvements, then weekly changes for about a month, then finally monthly improvements for about 6 months. Finally, the scar will fade until it’s barely visible. If your eyelids begin to feel dry, you can try an over-the-counter eye cream to help with the healing.

 

Expected Results

Eyelid surgery has a number of benefits that you can expect once your recovery is done. The most obvious benefit is for the overall appearance of your eyes. It can also help restore vision that has been obscured by drooping or sagging eyelids. All of these improvements will make you look and feel younger, giving you more self-esteem and confidence in your appearance.

 

FAQ

What is blepharoplasty surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgical procedure that is done to tighten the upper and/or lower eyelid, remove excess fat and repair weakened muscles. It can be used to correct any puffiness in the upper eyelid, helps to get rid of bags under the eyes, and correct some fine lines and wrinkles.

Who needs blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is designed for patients with saggy upper and/or lower eyelids, bulging fat and weakened muscles in the upper eyelids. Good candidates for the blepharoplasty procedure should also be:

  • Over the age of 18. In general, most patients are 40+, but if your drooping or baggy eyelids are caused by genetics you might be a good candidate at a younger age.
  • In good mental and physical health. This is a very minor procedure, but it does carry a small amount of risk. A good candidate should carefully consider all risks before making a final decision.

What is functional blepharoplasty?

Vision can be impaired when excess skin pushes down on the eyelids. Functional blepharoplasty removes this excess skin so that the vision is no longer impaired.

Who should not get blepharoplasty?

There are a few medical conditions that can stop you from being a good candidate for blepharoplasty in the first place. These include:

  • Glaucoma or dry eye, which can be made worse by eyelid surgery.
  • Problems with eye socket anatomy. This can refer to a number of issues, but is usually in reference to a lack of support structures around the eye to help the surgery.

How long does eyelid lift last?

Your final results following eyelid surgery might take a few weeks to show themselves, but once revealed, results typically last for a very long time. In fact, it’s quite common for upper eyelid surgery results to last 10 to 15 years, and lower eyelid surgery is rarely repeated at all.

What are blepharoplasty risks?

The risks related to blepharoplasty include infection, blood clots, eye irritation, dryness, light sensitivity and a sagging lower eyelid. Vision issues and irritation are usually temporary.

 

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