As the age of a person progresses, drooping around the eyelids is a common problem. This condition hampers the facial appearance of a person and can have serious repercussions on an individual’s self-assurance. Sun damage and heredity can be key causes of this problem and can accelerate the change.
Also known as a blepharoplasty, upper eyelid surgery helps to remove the loose skin, fat deposits and any dropping tissue forming around the upper eyelids. This condition is also known as ‘hooding of the upper lid’, which means there’s excess skin on the upper eyelid itself, which causes it to droop. By re-draping this excess, surgeons are able to give your eyes a more rested and youthful appearance, eliminating any traces of tiredness and old age.
Younger people can also opt for this procedure if they suffer from puffiness around the eyes from congenital excess fatty tissue. This puffiness of the middle of the upper eyelid and the inner corner of the eye is caused by herniation of fat.
At the same time, this surgery can widen the field of peripheral vision in those individuals who suffer from ‘eye strain’, by using utilizing the forehead muscles to aid in the elevation of the upper eyelids. You must keep in mind, however, that this procedure isn’t meant to remove dark circles under your eyes, saggy eyebrows or ‘crow’s feet’. Nonetheless, this surgery can be combined with other cosmetic treatment to enhance the overall appearance of your eyes.
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What Can I Expect
Whenever it comes to plastic surgery, you need to keep in mind that no procedure will ever provide an ‘ideal’ aspect to your face. The aim of cosmetic treatment is to achieve an improvement, to enhance your facial appearance. This can help you boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself, while keeping realistic expectations. This is one of the core values we have here at HCR; we want our clients to be completely satisfied with the results of their surgery and to heighten their self-assurance.
However, when surgeons evaluate a client for a potential blepharoplasty, they prefer for the person to have the following characteristics:
- Good physical health.
- Over 18 years old.
- Psychological stability.
- Lack of ophthalmic conditions (for eg: detached retina or glaucoma).
- Lack of cardiac ailments or medical conditions (eg: high blood pressure, thyroid related conditions or circulatory problems).
These outlines are a basic list of what doctors look for when evaluating a person for upper eyelid surgery and determining if the surgery is appropriate for you or not. However, they do not encompass the whole picture, therefore we recommend you have a detailed discussion with your surgeon first before submitting yourself to the operation.
Before any type of procedure is performed, patients are expected to have a detailed discussion with their plastic surgeon. By doing so, both parties have the opportunity to contribute in the whole process and to increase the client’s level of satisfaction. The patient must discuss his/her expectations openly with their doctor, who will help determine what isn’t or what is possible to accomplish. All the different aspects of the surgery you are willing to undertake (the cost and recovery process) must be extremely clear to you.
You will need to inform you doctor of any allergies you might be prone to or if you have any serious medical conditions. Make sure to ask your doctor concerning the diverse details that the surgery entails. For example, you should know if you should stop taking certain medications (eg: aspirin) or if you will need to refrain from drinking or eating for a certain time period before your surgery.
When preparing for your surgery in Costa Rica, HCR will make sure to provide all the best possible services during your procedure. We will arrange for your transport and will offer the best commodities during your recovery. All this can be arranged previously with our organization.
If you have any questions, our surgeons will be more than happy to help you during your initial discussion.
For this type of procedure, the anesthesia of choice is usually local. However, general anesthesia can be used as well, depending on the patient and surgeon preferences for safety and comfort. Your doctor may choose to operate on all four of your eyelids at the same time or divide the work between upper and lower sections.
To stat off, your doctor will make incisions along the natural folds of your upper eyelids (below the eyelashes for the lower lids) by using a laser or a traditional scalpel. Once the eyelids are extended, the surgeon proceeds to remove the excess muscle, skin and fat. The whole process can take from one to three hours, depending on the how many eyelids are being worked on at a time. When the removal phase is complete, the incisions are closed with mini-sutures, minimizing any risk of scarring.
Depending on your and your doctor’s preferences, you may need to stay overnight at the hospital. However, this procedure is usually performed in an out patient basis and you will be able to return home right after the operation and bandages are not required in most cases.
Post-Op -After Surgery
Even though the length of the recovery period varies from person to person, you can expect a certain amount of swelling and bruising for the first few days. To minimize your discomfort, you can apply cold compresses to your eyelids for the first two day. Keep in mind that the bruising and swelling may persist for up to a whole month of the operation. If the discomfort is too much for you, you can always ask your doctor to prescribe you some medications.
If you experience mayor swelling, this may cause your sight to blur up, or become double on some occasions. Bear in mind that this will disappear once the swelling subdues. However, your sight might be blurry for a few more days and your eyes may become extremely sensitive to light.
Also, you may feel a certain tightness and soreness around your eyes, especially during the first week. Sometimes, the eyes can dry up and irritation occurs; if this happens, it is recommended for you to use non-preserved lubricating eye drops or some type of lubricating ophthalmic ointment.
At first, you may think that the stitches from the surgery are too red and bumpy. Keep in mind that as time progresses, the resulting scar will become unremarkable and flat. The sutures should be removed approximately a week after the procedure.
During this first week, you must refrain from participating in activities which may dry your eyes (eg: watching TV, reading, using the computer or wearing contact lenses). Try to avoid excessive blinking, since this can actually lead to increasing swelling. We recommend you wear dark sunglasses to provide some protection against the wind and sun, since your eyes will most likely tire easily for several weeks. You should avoid activities which increase the blood flow to your eyes as well, such as lifting, bending, crying and sports.
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, complications are unusual, but they sometimes do happen. However, they are usually minor and can be reduced by precisely following your doctor’s directions before and after the procedure.
Infection is always a possibility when it comes to cosmetic treatments; however, the probability of it happening is extremely low. In the event of it occurring, your doctor will treat it with a prescribed antibiotic and it will be taken care of in a few days.
On extremely rare occasion, patients who have submitted themselves to upper eyelid surgery can suffer from bleeding behind the eye (retrobulbar hematoma), which can cause loss of vision.
Another rare instance is the inability to completely close your eyelids, which may be permanent in the most uncommon of cases. However, keep in mind that this problem may be corrected through further surgery.
Make sure to ask your surgeon concerning any risks you might have to face when undertaking this surgery. However, you must keep in mind that our certified group of doctors works full-time to prevent such scenarios from happening, since we value the health of our patients above anything else.
In order to keep the risks at a bare minimum, please make sure that you follow your surgeons instructions at all times.