Blepharoplasty is what is called the operation in which the eyelids are modified to improve a problem in them, such as drooping eyelids or bags in the eyes. This surgery can be performed on either eyelid, in only one eye, or in both. It is usually done for aesthetics, but there are cases in which excess skin, which causes the eyelid to decay, can cause health conditions, such as vision problems. Therefore, more and more people hear about this intervention and consider doing it, for one reason or another. But what is blepharoplasty or drooping eyelid operation? In this article, we give you the answer and tell you more details about the whole procedure.
What is a blepharoplasty or drooping eyelid operation
It is normal that those who are thinking of correcting their eyelids, either for aesthetics or health, wonder what the operation of drooping eyelids or blepharoplasty consists of. We say that it is normal because it is a surgery in which sedation is performed and local anesthesia is applied, although there are cases in which it can be done under general anesthesia, and after which there will be an important change in the face to which you will have to get used to, as well as go through a preoperative and a postoperative.
Therefore, it is important to be well informed before deciding to have surgery and, for this, you can go to a trusted clinic in which from the first moment a professional will attend and guide you, solving your doubts.
Thus, for those who have doubts, the name of blepharoplasty comes from the classical Greek ‘blepharon' which means ‘eyelid' and from plasty used to refer to plastic surgery. Dr. Miguel de la Peña de Clínicas Diego de León informs us that blepharoplasty surgery is the modification of the eyelid through an incision to remove excess skin and, in this way, achieve the approximation of this with healing, achieving an eyelid of normal appearance, without excessive skin and without decay. An upper blepharoplasty can be performed, of the upper eyelids, or a lower blepharoplasty, of the lower eyelids.
To be able to operate it is necessary that the specialist doctor, a plastic surgeon, first make a diagnosis of this problem and its level of severity, as well as an examination of the patient's state of health. Once you say that this patient is suitable to be operated with general anesthesia and this part of the face, it will be necessary to pass a preoperative in which both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist will perform the necessary tests. Once complete, the person suffering from blepharoplasty can be operated through the intervention we have just described.
How to remove dark circles with laser
If in addition to correcting the drooping of the eyelids and reducing the bags, you also want to eliminate the dark circles that give the look a fatigued and dull appearance, nothing better than completing the blepharoplasty with the Fraxel Dual Laser treatment.
This aesthetic treatment to eliminate dark circles definitively offers excellent results, because in addition to removing that dark coloration so unsightly under the eyes, it also allows to rejuvenate the look by eliminating the wrinkles of the eye contour area because it stimulates the production of collagen.
After laser treatment, recovery is fairly straightforward, but it is not advisable for the patient to be exposed to high temperatures. Likewise, it is recommended to use sunglasses. After a week, you will be able to recover daily activities with total normality. The results will be visible from 15 to 20 days, getting a much more beautiful look,
How is the postoperative period of a blepharoplasty
After eyelid surgery, the person operated on has to wake up from anesthesia or sedation and stay in the clinic until the doctor considers that the patient's state of health is adequate, being able to go home from that moment. The recovery time of this type of intervention takes several weeks and it is vital that during the first one the maximum rest of the eyes is ensured, avoiding any type of effort that increases the blood flow in the eye area.
Whether you have had an upper blepharoplasty or a lower blepharoplasty, it is normal to feel swelling, redness, tension, slightly blurred vision and insensitivity to light during the first few days, at least the first week. In addition, bruises may appear in and around the palpebral area, which will disappear after a few days if the need to rest is respected. Also, there may be excessive tearing or, on the contrary, dry eyes and palpebral that can be treated with an eye gel or lubricant prescribed by the surgeon, applicable both inside and outside the eyes. The specialist may also prescribe some type of analgesic to relieve the pain and discomfort that may be felt especially during the first days of recovery from the drooping eyelid operation.
As part of the postoperative period and recovery, avoid activities that are an effort for the eyelid area, but also anything that forces the view and can further dry the eyes. For example, for at least the first week, it is necessary to avoid reading a lot, watching TV, using the computer and, obviously, wearing contact lenses or contact lenses.
After at least two days and up to a week after eyelid surgery, the specialist will remove the stitches and they will be able to do most things normally, including returning to work, from ten days after the intervention. However, only the doctor himself who has carried out the surgery and follow-up will be the one who can tell when certain activities can be resumed.
After the first week, you start to look better and patients start to feel much better. Little by little, after a few weeks the result is that you can see an awake and clear look, even rejuvenated, and you will notice a great improvement of some vision problems that may exist.
Thus, due to the simplicity of the intervention, the ease of recovery that occurs from home from the first day and the good results, more and more people decide to have a blepharoplasty.