Blepharoplasty

It is the procedure that can give you that beautiful young look. Blepharoplasty is a surgery that will help correct the drop of the upper eyelids or those “bags” that appear in the lower ones.

The operation can span both eyelids in up to one day. If we talk about superiors, the objective would be to remove the excess skin (which appears with age and loss of elastic fibers) or in some cases remove the excess of fatty tissue. If we refer to the lower eyelids, it will vary according to the operative technique.

Treatment information

60 a 90 minutes

Surgery Time

Sedation with local anesthesia

Anesthesia

Ambulatory

Hospitalization

4 a 5 days

Recovery

Immediate

Effects

3 months

Results

Benefits

This surgery has aesthetic purposes but may also have functional purposes because of vision problems. The great advantages of this operation are the absence of visible scar and a quick intervention time (usually lasts about an hour and a half). It is important to keep in mind that this technique does not eliminate crow’s feet or other wrinkles.

The appearance of a certain degree of inflammation in the postoperative period is normal but the doctor will facilitate you what is necessary to cope with it.

Expected results and risks

They are not immediate but will begin to be noticed two weeks after the intervention. Regarding the complications, in addition to those of each operation, we must point out the risk that too much skin is removed and the patient cannot close the eyes completely. To avoid this, you should be aware of the surgeon’s recommendations.

The intervention

For this procedure, the plastic surgeon makes the incisions in the natural lines of the upper eyelids and just below the lashes in the lower ones; in some cases, they can extend towards the “crow’s feet”. Through these incisions the skin is separated from the underlying fat and muscle, removing excess fat and, occasionally, excess skin and muscle. The incisions are closed with very fine sutures, the scars are made imperceptible because, as we said, they are made in the palpebral fold.

Cares after the intervention

The patient should remain at rest for 4 to 5 days keeping the head slightly raised at bedtime or resting. For 3 to 4 weeks you will use eye drops. It is normal for the first days to swell and show some bruising, for this it is advisable to apply cold compresses to relieve swelling. The first month you should avoid sun exposure, during the following months you should apply sunscreen on the scars to protect them.

Contraindications

Blepharoplasty has contraindications for people suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease. We do not recommend it, even to patients who do not produce tears (dry eyes) or who suffer from glaucoma, retinal detachment, etc.