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Eyelid Surgery – Lower
Lower eye surgery removes puffiness and bagging underneath the eyes. Skin in the lower eyelid is especially thin – more so towards the eye center. Muscle layer is located right under the eyelid skin, separated from the fat layer with a tissue membrane.
With age, all of them begin to weaken, leading to repositioning of fat layer and making the skin to lose elasticity. This type of procedure is most helpful for those with fat deposits and very little excess skin under the lower eyelids. Usually, lower eyelid operation is performed under the general anesthesia. You may also be given sedation and local anesthesia.
Special plastic shields, not unlike contact lenses, can be also applied to the eyes. Marks for incisions can be drawn right under the eyelashes so that scars from the operation are as hidden as possible.
Physician makes an incision to open the muscle underneath and another one in the muscle layer to separate muscles from the orbital septum around them. Surgeon will then get to the septum and open three layers of fat and will remove or reposition them to reduce puffiness.
Then unneeded skin and possibly, parts of muscle, are cut to remove the bags. Sutures may or may not be applied, depending on the choice of your surgeon. Bruising, pain and possibly, swelling after the procedure can be experienced, depending on the amount of tissues being removed. Your doctor may recommend using cold compresses, as well as pain medications to help remove the pain and swelling.
Physical or straining activities like heavy lifting and exercises should also be avoided – this will probably be recommended by your surgeon, as well, so that your body would have enough time to heal after surgery. If the non-dissolvable sutures are used, they are usually removed in between five days to a week and you will probably begin to notice the improvements in eye bruising after seven to ten days.
Eyelid Surgery – Upper
Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as the eyelid surgery, can be done on each type of eyelids: lower, upper or both. Depending on your needs, physician can propose a brow lift to be performed, improving the upper eyelids.
Right under the eyelid skin, a muscle layer is positioned, separated from the fatty tissues by a special membrane. With age, both of them get weaker and sag. Deposits of fat get repositioned in response to this, which causes puffiness and drooping.
Skin itself also gets changed with age. Collagen and elastin, which normally give support to the skin, become broken down in tie, making the skin less elastic and lax. Additionally, eyebrows usually get drooped with age and cause the upper eyelids to sag. Usually, upper blepharoplasty includes replacing or reshaping deposits of fat, also removing excess skin, as well as muscle tissues, thus improving the contours of the eyes.
This operation is most often performed under local anesthesia, as well as sedation. If required, general anesthesia can be administered. Marks for incisions may also be drawn, ensuring the incisions are following the natural lines of upper eyelids so that resulting scars are as hidden as possible as per standard blepharoplasty procedures.
Physician will make a cut in the fold of the eyelid and remove a certain amount of skin, if needed – with a little amount of muscle tissue. To get access to the deposits of fatty tissue, little incision will be made inside the orbital septum and doctor will replace or remove part of the fat, reducing puffy look of the eyelids. Some bruising, swelling and pain are to be expected after the treatment.
Your surgeon will probably advise you to use cold compresses and pain medications, so that you are healing comfortably. Tiresome activities, such as heavy lifting and exercises, should be avoided, as advised by your cosmetic surgeon, giving your body enough time to heal itself. If non-dissolvable sutures were used, they usually get removed in around a week and you are likely to notice improvements in the bruising.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Have you noticed your eyelids seem to be drooping? You are beginning to get self-conscious when you look in the mirror. You are starting to wear shades all the time regardless of the weather because you don’t want anyone commenting on your eyelids.
You go to the doctor and it is determined you have drooping eyelids. Answer… cosmetic surgery!! You never in your life thought your facial features would change. Yet, here you are in your mid-thirties and this happens. What is the solution? Cosmetic surgery known as blepharoplasty and it is your turn. What does this surgery do? What can you expect afterwards. Let’s find out.
You just found out you need blepharoplasty which is cosmetic surgery for drooping eyelids. This particular surgery will help repair your eyelids and remove the excessive skin, fat and muscle. You are in your mid-thirties and do not want to look older at this time.
So you have chosen to have this procedure done because it can improve your looks and this can be done on an outpatient basis. No one really has to know because you could actually take a day off from work, get it done and be back to work the next day. Or schedule the surgery for a Friday so you have the weekend to recover.
Prior to having this surgery of course you will want to speak with the doctor in detail about what will occur during the surgery, what can you expect to see afterwards and how long will the healing process take place? Get these questions answered before you proceed with this surgery. Also ask if there are any pamphlets that you can read on your own.
How is Blepharoplasty performed?
An incision will be made along the fold of your upper eyelid. The cosmetic surgeon will then remove any excess skin, some muscles and the fat beneath the skin removed. You will get some stitches to close up the incision. Whether or not you will be satisfied with this procedure will be your call.
How will you know if the results are satisfactory?
The first immediate and tell-tale sign will be if your eyelids are no longer drooping. Second will be if you think having had this procedure done results in a younger looking face to yourself.
Lastly, know that it’s done do you feel more self-confident and reassured about your looks where you don’t have to wear shades all the time. Now you would only be wearing them if it was really sunny outside and needed to block the sun