Eyelid Lift, Blepharoplasty
Droopy eyelids, together with sagging skin, are the obvious and unavoidable signs of aging. The culprit behind this unpleasing effect is the loss of volume and weakening of muscles. Excess fat then gathers above and below the eyelids, causing them to droop and form a baggy appearance.
Blepharoplasty is the name for the procedure involving the repair of droopy eyelids. During the treatment, a cut is made under the fold of the eyelids to remove excess fat, muscle, or skin.
WHAT IS EYELID LIFT or BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Blepharoplasty is a specialized surgical procedure that removes excess skin or fat from the eyelids to improve the look of hooded eyes, droopy eyelids, or eye bags. It can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or on both.
For Upper Blepharoplasty, an incision is made along the upper eyelid crease to minimize any visible scarring. Excess skin, fat, and muscle is then removed prior to the incision being closed up with very fine stitches. For Lower Blepharoplasty, the incision is made just below the lower lashes or on the inside of the eyelid. Excess fat is then removed from the undereye area (‘eye bags’) prior to being sutured.
WHY DO YOU NEED AN EYELID LIFT?
If you have excessive skin under your eyes that causes bulges, have extra skin hanging over your eyes that obscures your vision or have wrinkles under your eyes then you are definitely in need of eyelid surgery. In order to get this surgery, it’s best if your overall physical health is good. You must go for this surgery if you are older than thirty-five years. Some people have the issue of baggy eyelids running in their family so if you have the genetic issue of baggy eyelids and you are still young then you must instantly go for this surgery.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EYELID LIFT?
Upper lid blepharoplasty can improve two problem areas:
• Excess skin on the upper eyelid itself often called “hooding of the upper lid”
• Puffiness in the inner corner and middle of the upper eyelid caused by the pushing forward of fat
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty will not eliminate dark circles, fine lines, or wrinkles around the eyes, or alter sagging eyebrows
To enhance the results of your eyelid procedure, your surgeon may also recommend:
• A brow lift to correct a drooping brow and smooth the forehead
• A facelift for saggy jowls
Therefore, Blepharoplasty is frequently combined with other procedures, facelift or forehead lift, and can be combined with a chemical resurfacing to smooth skin wrinkles.
Common Benefits of Eyelid Surgery:
It can make a remarkable difference in the appearance of the face, helping the appearance of tiredness and old age by eliminating the excess, wrinkled skin beneath the eyes. The eyes appear fresher and more youthful, and the results will last for many years.
IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY
To undergo blepharoplasty in Dubai, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria. You can be the perfect candidate for the procedure if;
- You have drooping eyelids.
- You are not a smoker.
- You are in good health, both physically and psychologically.
- You have realistic expectations of the results.
- You are unsatisfied with your eyelids.
- Your eyelids feel heavy.
THINGS TO KEEPS IN MIND BEFORE GOING FOR THE EYELID SURGERY
Before you make an appointment to meet with your surgeon, there are certain things that you should keep in your mind. After getting the surgery, you won’t be able to operate the heavy machinery or drive the car, so you will have to ask another person to drive you home. You must stay away from sunlight for a few days and refrain from watching TV or any other smart device. You will have to stay at home for some time, so you need to take some time off from work. If you feel your eyes getting dry, then you must not panic as this situation is quite normal and gets under control after one to two weeks.
DURING EYELID SURGERY
The best plastic surgeons working at Fattan Polyclinic get your eyelid surgery done within two hours. During this surgery, the surgeon will provide you with the local anesthesia and will start working on the upper eyelids. This surgery is usually conducted by making an incision along the natural lines of the eyelid. After making an incision, the surgeon will then remove the excessive fat from underneath the skin. The surgeon will then apply the stitches after the completion of the surgery. These stitches are usually applied in such a way that others won’t be able to tell any difference after the complete healing of the eyelids.
Incisions are typically made in the creases of your upper eyelids and just below the lashes in your lower eyelids, making scars virtually invisible. After the underlying fat and excess skin are removed, the incisions are closed with fine sutures designed to leave nearly invisible scars. In a Transconjuctival Blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes the incision inside the lower eyelid. No skin is removed and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.
For lower lid blepharoplasty:
1. An incision is made along the lash line.
2. Excess fat, muscle and skin are removed.
3. Fine sutures are used to close the incision.
4. Permanent stitches will be removed 3-5 days after the procedure.
If you have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids, but do not need to have any loose skin removed, your surgeon may recommend a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure the incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar.
It is usually performed on younger patients with fatty lower eyelids. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty does not tighten the skin, but nicely reduces the puffiness in the lower eyelid region without visible scars.
For transconjunctival blepharoplasty:
1. Incision is made on the inside of the lower eyelid
2. Excess fat and muscle are removed (no tightening or removing of skin)
3. Incision is closed with self-dissolving sutures or they will heal naturally without sutures.
AFTER EYELID SURGERY
After you are done with the eyelid surgery, you will experience swelling in your eyes which will subside within a week. After two weeks, your eyes would look as normal as any other pair of eyes. The results of the eyelid surgery will be so astounding that you will look almost ten to twenty years younger than your actual age.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty generally takes about one to three hours to complete, depending on the technique used and the extent of the repair.
After surgery, the physician will lubricate your eyes with ointment to reduce dryness in this area. Your vision may be blurred temporarily from the ointment. The first two days after surgery, you should rest with your head elevated. It will help to gently apply cold compresses to your eyelids.
Initially, you may feel a tight sensation around the eyes, with minor discomfort that lasts for a day or two. A mild pain reliever can be taken as needed. People who have had the procedure are often surprised at how painless eyelid surgery can be. Many times, isolated eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with a total recovery time as short as 5 to 7 days. (Recovery time varies from person to person.)
At first the incisions will be red and somewhat bumpy. Eventually, the resulting scar should become flat and inconspicuous. Your sutures will be removed within the first three to five days. The swelling and discoloration around your eyes will gradually fade, and you’ll start to look and feel better each day. Swelling and bruising varies a lot from person to person. Bruising typically disappears within ten days. Within the first week you will be able to use makeup, if desired, to conceal any discoloration.
Your vision may be somewhat blurry for a few days or longer. Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. You may receive eye drops to help relieve any itching. Your surgeon will recommend lying quietly with eyes primarily closed for the first 36 hours after your eyelid surgery.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is performed on an out patient basis, in a surgical suite under local anesthesia, sometimes with light sedation by mouth. General anesthesia is reserved for patient’s preference but usually can easily be avoided.
The more alert, youthful look that this surgery provides is usually long lasting. Thin scars may remain slightly pink for a few months, but can easily be concealed with makeup. They eventually fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line. The removal of fat is permanent, but the looseness of the skin and fine wrinkling of the eyelid area can return in the future. Even though the aging process continues, patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years following eyelid surgery. (remember sunscreen is the best plastic surgeon!)