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.
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.