Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery


Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure applied to improve the appearance of the eyelids and give them a younger appearance.

Eyelid surgery can be applied to both the upper lid and the lower lid. With this surgery, the folds around the eyes can be removed, loose and saggy skin can be healed, and under-eye bags can be removed.


Eyelid Surgery: Procedure

Eyelid surgery is usually performed with general anesthesia. As another option, sedation, which acts as a temporary numbing, may be preferred. The place of the incisions during the surgery is adjusted to be hidden in the eyelid area so that the scars are not visible later. 

An incision can be made on the upper eyelid through the epicanthic fold. In this way, excess fat and skin can be removed, repositioned and muscles tightened. The lower eyelid can be intervened by making an incision under the lower eyelash line. The same procedures applied to the upper eyelid can also be practiced for the lower eyelids.

The incisions on the eyelids are closed by suturing or using skin adhesives. The stitches are usually removed by the surgeon after one week. If there is a discoloration of the lower eyelids, it may be recommended to use laser therapy to remove it.


Eyelid Surgery: Candidates

People who want to have eyelid surgery should not have a medical problem that will prevent healing. In addition, it is important not to smoke and to be realistic about the results of the surgery. In people with drooping eyelids, this problem may be due to the skin on the forehead or the looseness of the eyebrows. In addition, stretching of the upper eyelid muscle can also cause sagging. It is recommended that candidates undergo a full examination as these situations can require different procedures.


Blepharoplasty: Recovery

It is natural to experience swelling, bruising, and dry eyes for a while after eyelid surgery. A cold compress is highly recommended. There may be some irritation in the incision areas. Some painkillers are given by the surgeon. It is very important to protect the eyes from the solar rays until the healing is completed. The surgeon checks the dressing at the first postoperative examination and removes the bandages if necessary. The surgeon tells the patient when she/he can fully return to her/his daily life usually during the first examination.

As with other plastic surgeries, eyelid surgery carries some risks. Side effects and risks of blepharoplasty such as dry eye, skin sensitivity, infection, swelling, and bruising may be seen for a while.
It can be said that eyelid surgery is one of the least painful surgical operations. Some discomfort is felt within the operation day, but the recovery is usually quick.
It may appear blurry for a short time after eyelid surgery. The reason for this is the swelling of the eyelids due to the procedure. The effect usually disappears within a few hours.
Good candidates for blepharoplasty surgery are individuals who have excess skin or fat on their upper or lower eyelids, or who have drooping eyelids that interfere with their vision. They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery.
Blepharoplasty surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to enhance the overall appearance of the eyes and face. The most common procedures that are combined with blepharoplasty include facelifts, brow lifts, botox injections, and fillers. İt is important to discuss any desired additional procedures with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the best course of treatment for each patient.
Blepharoplasty is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications.

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