Modern advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery have now made it possible for almost anyone to reverse the signs of aging, and appropriately correct certain imperfections that may undermine someone’s self-esteem.
As people continue to age, their skin becomes a bit saggy, and their eyes get creased. This creates a tired appearance. Fat pockets push the puffy eyes forward creating an unhealthy look. To rectify this situation, plastic surgeons recommend a Double Eyelid Surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. The approach to cosmetic surgery has changed drastically, and modern blepharoplasty offers patients a chance to preserve the natural shape of their eye.
What is Double Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is a modern plastic surgery procedure that removes any excess fat and skin from the eye area, to make the eye look younger than previous. It is a cosmetic surgery done specifically to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyelid. This procedure is sophisticated and requires the expertise of a professional surgeon to perform it.
The upper eyelid has some muscle attachment called Levator Palpebrae Superioris. This is the muscle responsible for lifting the lid and opening the eye. When one ages, a crease becomes visible that can be seen when the eyes are open. This state is what is commonly referred to as double eyelid fold.
This eyelid muscle is not attached to the skin; thus a fold is created around 3mm above the lashes. Fat distribution works differently across the upper eyelid. When pockets are removed, the eyes get a fuller and younger look.
How the Surgery Works
Patients requesting for this surgery have excess skin, muscle or fat in the eyelids. This makes the eyes look saggy and appear heavy. Blepharoplasty removes the excess tissue and after the procedure the eyelids get to the same height as they were before the surgery, but the upper eyelid gets more visible as the excess tissue is gone.
This cosmetic surgery technique starts with an incision in the skin. The incision line is placed from 10mm above the eyelashes. A professional surgeon removes any loose skin. Equally, any bulging fat that causes the eye to puff up is removed. A surgeon may decide to place the incision lower, at about 2mm above the lashes to create a more natural look after the surgery.
The incision is also made shorter to avoid scarring near the nose. The eyelid muscles are connected to the skin to create a typical appearance. The surgeon can place deep suture beneath the skin to pull the top skin down, resulting in a small skin over the deep crease. It should be noted that during the surgery, the surgeon can’t remove too much fat from the eyelids, as doing so will make the eyes look unnaturally hollow.
What NOT to do after the surgery
Patients are advised not to lie flat on the bed or have a pillow stacked on the head. This is discouraged in order to lessen the swelling on your face thus facilitating a quicker healing. You are also advised to avoid smoking tobacco and reduce the intake of salt. If any swelling occurs, it may lead to bruising. To reduce swelling, use a clean cold compress and place it over the eyelids.
After you get through the first day of the Double Eyelid Surgery, you can now switch from cold compress to a warm compress. This is done to help blood circulate properly in the areas that were bruised. Note that the period that follows your surgery can be quite disorienting due to the effects of typical anesthetic and swelling around the eyes. You may thus need some assistance while walking. The main limitation with the surgery is swelling which may have an adverse impact that restricts your vision temporarily.
Avoid bending or lifting any heavy items during the week that follows your surgery. Doing so will strain your body and increase the pressure on your eyes thus causing bleeding. This will lead to a delayed healing process. In any case, that you experience bleeding, seek immediate medical attention from your doctor.
The Recovery Period
During the initial stage of your recovery period, the eyelid lines will appear uneven or rounded. This is due to the tissue swelling. However, don’t worry as this is only temporary. When the tissue starts healing and softening, permanent results shall be visible.
After the anesthesia wears off, patients will feel some pain. This discomfort may last for up to a week after the surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe to you some pain medication to ease the pain and discomfort. In case, of any signs of infection, seek medical attention right away.