Are you having vision problems because of your eyelids? Is an eye lid lift surgery right for you? As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr Evans advises going to a trusted cosmetic specialist before going through this procedure to avoid complications.
What is eye lid lift surgery?
Blepharoplasty, or an eye lid lift, is a sort of cosmetic surgery that involves adding skin or removing skin, muscle, and fat from the eyelids. The expression eye lid lift is a misleading term due to the eyelid is not indeed lifted during a medical procedure.
Upper eyelid surgery utilizes incisions to take into account the expulsion of skin and fat. A flimsy fasten is then used to unite the skin to allow for the creation of an eyelid wrinkle.
Lower eyelid surgery can include skin cuts legitimately beneath the lash line or a cut within the eyelid, known as transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival process takes into account admittance to the eyelid without noticeable cuts, making this method ideal for patients who need fat eliminated or added. This methodology can be joined with laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin to diminish lines and wrinkles.
Moreover, as you get older, your eyelids stretch and the muscles holding them weaken. Subsequently, excess fat may gather above and beneath your eyelids, resulting in hanging eyebrows, saggy upper lids and bags under your eyes. Other than making you appear older, severely loosing skin around your eyes can decrease your side vision, especially the upper and outside aspect of your field of vision.
Eyelid surgery can decrease or take out the vision problems and cause your eyes to seem more youthful and more alert.
Reason For Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid extra skin and fat can make a hefty looking eyelid, matured appearance, puffiness, and at times block the upper field of vision. Upper eyelid surgery is to eliminate the abundance of skin and fat and can enhance the field of vision.
The Asian eyelid surgery, known as double eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgery performed to make or improve an upper eyelid crumple. This sort of medical procedure is performed on Asian individuals to “westernize” the presence of the eyelid.
Lower blepharoplasty is another type of cosmetic surgery that can be performed to eliminate overabundance skin and improve the shape of the eyelid by removing or adding fat. Occasionally tightening the eyelid is required to correct hanging, while laser skin resurfacing can be utilized to improve wrinkles and skin surface.
To sum up, blepharoplasty may be a choice if you have:
- Baggy or saggy upper eyelid
- Excess skin of the upper eyelids that meddles with your peripheral vision
- Extra skin on the lower eyelids
- Swelling under your eyes
You may go through blepharoplasty simultaneously as another method, for example, a face-lift or skin resurfacing. Insurance inclusion may rely upon whether the medical practice repairs a condition that weakens vision. If you have the eyelid surgery only to enhance your looks, the expense presumably will not be secured by insurance. Lower lid blepharoplasty is quite often done only for cosmetic reasons.
Potential dangers of eyelid surgery include:
- Dry, bothered eyes
- Infection and bleeding
- Trouble closing your eyes or other eyelid issues
- Obvious scarring
- harm to eye muscles
- Skin staining
- The need for a subsequent medical procedure
- Temporarily blurred vision or, seldom, loss of vision
- Risks related to a medical procedure in general, including response to sedation and blood clots
How you get ready
Prior to planning blepharoplasty, you will face with a surgeon and an ophthalmologist or a specialist who has practical experience in eye medical procedures to examine:
Your specialist will pose inquiries about previous medical procedures and past or current conditions, for example, dry eyes, glaucoma, sensitivities, circulatory issues, thyroid issues and diabetes. Your physician will likewise get some data about your consumption of prescriptions, nutrients, natural enhancements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
An honest conversation of your expectations and motivation for cosmetic surgery will help set up for a good result. Your surgeon will talk about with you whether the method is probably going to function well for you.
Before your eyelid surgery, you will go through:
A physical examination
Your specialist will perform a physical examination, which may incorporate testing your tear production and estimating portions of your eyelids.
A vision assessment
Your eye specialist will analyze your eyes and test your vision, including your peripheral vision. This requires to support an insurance guarantee.
Your specialist will photograph your eyes from various points. These photographs help with arranging the medical procedure, assessing its immediate and long-haul impacts, and supporting an insurance claim.
Some pieces of advice that will be given to you:
- Stop taking warfarin, ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen sodium, naproxen, and some other drug or herbal supplement related to increased bleeding.
- Inquire your physician how long before the medical procedure you have to quit taking these medicines. Take only medications affirmed by your specialist.
- Stop smoking for several weeks before your medical procedure. Smoking can diminish your capacity to recuperate after surgery.
- Make an arrangement for somebody to drive you to and from a medical procedure in case you are having outpatient surgery. Plan to have somebody remain with you for the first night after getting back from surgery.
What you can expect
Before the process
Blepharoplasty is generally done in an outpatient setting. Your specialist infuses desensitizing medication into your eyelids and administers the intravenous drug to enable you to relax.
During the method
If you have a medical procedure on your upper and lower eyelids, the specialist usually works on your upper lids first. The surgeon cuts along the overlap of the eyelid, eliminates some overabundance skin, muscle and potentially fat, and closes the cut.
At the place of the lower eyelid, the specialist creates an incision just underneath the lashes in your eye’s innate crease or within the lower lid. Then, your surgeon eliminates or rearranges abundance fat, muscle and sagging skin, and closes the cut.
In the event that your upper eyelid hangs near your pupil, your specialist may do blepharoplasty with a system called ptosis that offers extra help to the eyebrow muscle.
After the procedure
After medical procedure spends time in a recovery room, recuperation room, where you are under observation for complications. You can leave later that day to recover at home.
You may temporarily encounter:
- Blurred vision from the greasing up treatment used to your eyes
- Watering eyes
- Double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Bruising and swelling similar to having black eyes
- Numb eyelids
- Pain or discomfort
Your physician will probably recommend you take the following steps after the procedure:
- Apply ice packs on your eyes for ten minutes consistently the night after the procedure. The next day, use ice packs on your eyes four to multiple times for the day.
- Moderately clean your eyelids and utilize prescribed ointments or eyedrops.
- Abstain from damaging, heavy lifting and swimming for seven days.
- Avoid vigorous activities, for example, aerobics and jogging, for a week.
- Abstain from smoking.
- Avoid scouring your eyes.
- If you use contact lenses, do not use them in for around two weeks after the procedure.
- Wear obscurely colored shades to shield the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind.
- Rest with your head raised higher than your chest for a couple of days.
- Use cold compresses to diminish swelling.
- After a couple of days, return to the specialist’s office to eliminate stitches, if necessary.