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What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is performed to reshape and tighten the tissues around the eyes. It’s primarily done to treat the following conditions:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid
  • Puffiness of the upper eyelids
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
  • Bags under the eyes

The surgery, however, does not remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, nor does it eliminate dark circles around your eyes.

How is the eyelid surgery performed?

During this procedure, incisions are made along the natural lines of your eyelids, which is in the upper eyelid creases and just below the lower eyelashes. If your particular case calls for it, the incisions may extend into the crows feet or laugh lines at the outer corner of your eyes.

Your surgeon then separates the skin from the underlying tissue and muscle, removes the excess fat, and trims the sagging skin and muscle.

The surgery normally takes one to three hours to complete and is carried out under local anesthetic. It is also ordinarily an outpatient procedure which means you don’t need to stay an additional night at the hospital following your surgery.

How do I prepare for my eyelid surgery?

There are case-specific steps you should take in preparation for certain types of surgeries. Your surgeon will discuss them to you in detail during consultation. Generally, however, there are basic guidelines you must be aware of to increase the chances of having favorable results as well as lessening the risk of complications during and after your surgery.

  • Maintain a well-balanced diet in the weeks leading to your surgery to help strengthen your immune system and help you recover faster.
  • If possible, keep your body in shape through regular exercise to increase your metabolic rate and build muscle mass. This will help in preventing too much weight gain during your recovery period downtime.
  • Stay away from tobacco and alcohol products at least two weeks before and after your operation as they can interfere with blood flow and the healing process.
  • Tell your surgeon if you are taking medications, vitamins and herbal supplements as some of the substances found in these items may hinder proper recovery.

What are the risks of complications involved?

While eyelid surgery are statistically quite safe and the success and satisfaction ratings among patients are considerably high, every surgery is a serious undertaking and brings with it the possibility of problems occurring during or after your operation. These surgical complications can include:

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Bleeding problems during surgery
  • Deep vein thrombosis or blood clots
  • Delayed healing
  • Breathing difficulty after surgery
  • Infections

Such complications are rare in eyelid surgery and they are even less likely to happen if you closely follow your surgeon’s pre- and post operation instructions.

Meanwhile, there are also natural side-effects that come with any surgery. Bruising, swelling and soreness of affected areas are just some of these symptoms. Remember that they are normal and are usually mild and temporary. Moreover, they are easily managed with medication prescribed by your surgeon.

Will there be any scarring?

Scarring is another issue that may concern and worry you if you’re to go under the knife. Generally, scars produced by plastic surgery flatten, lighten and fade over time. Some scars become practically invisible when completely healed.

Permanent scars, meanwhile, are normally positioned such that they can easily be concealed. Ultimately, surgeons take every effort to make scars as inconspicuous as possible. As well, advances in medical technology and surgical techniques are constantly making plastic surgery less invasive than ever.

What happens after surgery?

You should be up and about the day after your surgery, and should be able to return to work a few days after the operation (depending on the nature of your work).

You should keep away from any demanding physical activity for the first couple of weeks. Physical contact with the breasts and any heavy lifting should be avoided for around 3 to 4 weeks.

It is recommended that you stay in Thailand for 10 nights, which will include your post-op meeting with the surgeon. During this appointment, the surgeon will perform a check up and tell you everything you will need to know about the post surgery recovery.