Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): what it is and post-op

When you age, you may notice that your eyelids start stretching, and the surrounding muscles that support them get weaker. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and eye bags. In addition, this sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your peripheral vision (side vision) but you can also use eye glasses to have a clear vision. This visual problem may increase in  the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. If appearance or visual issues are your problems, don’t worry! It can be reversed with Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) which is one of the Non-Surgical Skin Treatment. If you don’t know what it is, I would be pleased to tell you…

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that rejuvenates your eyelids area (upper and lower eyelids) by removing excess skin, muscle and fat from them.

 A blepharoplasty will be right for you, depending on your needs, if your vision is affected or the expectations you have. The following information may help you know

Why blepharoplasty?

People may consider an eyelid surgery if you:

  • Have droopy or sagging eyelid skin. 
  • Cannot open your eyes completely due to excess skin.
  • Have visual difficulties due to excess skin.
  • Want a younger and alert look.
  • Have excess skin on the lower eyelids.
  • There are bags under your eyes.

How long does blepharoplasty take?

It  is an outpatient (hospitalization is not needed) procedure that lasts approximately 2 hours.

This procedure can be performed at the same time as another procedure, such as a brow or face-lifting.

Does it have side effects?

As everybody heals different, you may have possible side effects such as:

  • Temporary discomfort
  •  Tightness in the eyelid area
  •  Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Excessive tearing
  •  Sensitivity to light (the first few weeks)
  • Temporary dry, burning, or itchy eyes (it is rare)
  • Infection and bleeding (as in all procedures)
  • Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
  • Scars
  • Eye muscle injury
  • Skin discoloration
  • Normal surgery associated risks, for example including reaction to anesthesia and blood clots.

When can I return to my normal activities after the eyelid surgery?

Again, each person heals different but most people are able to start the following:  

  • start reading in two or three days.
  •  work in five to ten day, if it is not a strenuous activity.
  • use of contact lenses can be resumed after two weeks (once you have been re-evaluated by your surgeon).
  • strenuous activities and alcohol use can be resumed after three weeks.
  • bruising and swelling will go away after several weeks.

Results can be seen from the second week in most cases, but if you don’t notice any difference, do not panic! Talk to your doctor!

How can I reduce risks and have better, faster and long-lasting results?

It is normal after any plastic surgery procedure to  notice hardness, water retention, swelling, hematoma or lumpiness on treated areas. In addition to the aftercare you follow at home, book your post-surgery aftercare treatment as soon as possible to get better, faster and long lasting results.

Our  Post surgery treatment for blepharoplasty is based on MLD. It can helps you to:

  • Reduce swelling, bruisers, lumps.
  • Ease pain.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Drain excess fluids or avoid fluid retention.
  • It will give you a sensation of calm and comfort. 
  • contour your eyes.
  • reduce eye bags.
  • Speed up the recovery process. 
  • Increase wound healing.
  • Have better and long lasting results.
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Eliminate the remains of medication, anesthesia and serum used during the intervention.
  • Promote the regeneration of capillaries and lymphatic vessels damaged after the procedure..
  • Reduce discomfort and provide well-being after surgery.
  • Improve the condition of the skin.
  • Avoid or reduce fibrosis (adhesions in the scar). Fibrosis occurs due to the overproduction of connective tissue. By removing excess fluid from the treated area the fibers can connect easily reducing the overproduction of new connective tissue. 
  • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) helps to move the fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels, reducing the swelling, retention of fluids and pain after the surgery. 

Without Lymph Massage (MLD) the inflammation can evolve into  fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of serum).

What you should look for…

Take into account that your body is different from others, so what works for others may not work on you. Also, each person is different and responds in a different way to each treatment; for this reason, our treatment is tailor made session by session. All what we do is based on your needs and the evolution you have. 

To tailor your treatment:

  • First, the professional or medical spa, they should observe what your eyes/face need. 
  • Then, evaluate the condition of your recovery process in each session.
  •  Finally, evaluate how you respond to any appliance (MLD in this case) used on the treated area. 

According to this evaluation, the professional will decide what works best on you and how to continue with your treatment. If you are far away from our Clinic and can’t visit us, seek a clinic near that creates your treatment based on your needs not on what they want to sell. Last but not least, the place you choose must treat you as you deserve! Always look for what treats you better!

A final word

You may not feel like “normal” for a couple of weeks. However, with proper aftercare treatment, you may love how your eyes look after this procedure.

We hope this information is useful for you. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. If you like this blog, please share!

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