Blepharoplasty is a surgical operation to change the shape of the eyelids and the shape of the eyes to correct cosmetic defects, eliminate post-traumatic changes, move fat pads and remove loose skin. This is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery, allowing you to change the shape and position of the eyelids, get rid of bags under the eyes, and so on. Thanks to this, the face acquires a younger and fresher look. Blepharoplasty is suitable for both men and women.
Benefits of blepharoplasty at Eximer
What is blepharoplasty for?
There are various reasons why patients resort to blepharoplasty:
- Rejuvenation. An experienced plastic surgeon removes deformed or sagging skin around the eyelids. This allows you to eliminate the so-called “bags” under the eyes. After the procedure, the face is refreshed, and age-related changes become less noticeable.
- The quality of vision. Due to congenital, age-related or post-traumatic changes in the eyelids, excess skin can interfere with vision. Because of this, the clarity of vision decreases, it becomes more difficult to navigate in space. Thanks to blepharoplasty, you can quickly remove excess skin on the eyelids, making the look more open.
- Change in appearance. This procedure is used by people of almost all ages, women and men. Blepharoplasty helps patients who want to make changes in their appearance. For example, correct the incision of the eyes or remove sagging skin on one side.
Features of blepharoplasty
Over time, the skin around the eyes loses its tone, and the muscles weaken. In this case, blepharoplasty is the best solution to the problem. However, if loose skin or swelling is due to another disease, then blepharoplasty cannot be performed. First you need to deal with concomitant diseases, as well as make sure that there are no other contraindications.
Note that men are no less likely than women to sign up for blepharoplasty. However, the operation in this case is carried out a little differently. In particular, this applies to the markings that the plastic surgeon makes immediately before the operation. This is necessary so that the eyes of a man after the procedure do not look “female”, and vice versa.
Blepharoplasty can be performed from the age of 18. However, to begin with, doctors will check the condition of your skin, muscles, and the amount of adipose tissue. They will also make sure that you have no contraindications for the procedure.
Contraindications for surgery
There are a certain number of situations when blepharoplasty cannot be performed. As an example, consider the main contraindications for surgery:
- blood clotting disorders;
- acute infectious diseases;
- high blood pressure;
- myopathy (metabolic disorders in muscle tissues);
- pregnancy, regardless of the term;
- decompensated diabetes mellitus;
- anemia in the acute stage.
How is the operation
First, you will have a consultation with an ophthalmologist and a plastic surgeon. Doctors will assess your condition, make sure there are no contraindications, and prescribe several examinations (including tests for the anesthesiologist). After that, you will be assigned the day of the operation.
At the appointed time, you will come to the Eximer Ophthalmological Center. During the next 3-4 hours, preparations for blepharoplasty will take place. The surgeon will mark the places where it is necessary to make incisions during the procedure.
Immediately before the operation, you will be given local or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the operation and your individual characteristics. On average, blepharoplasty lasts about 45 minutes, but the time can vary and reach 3 hours. For example, if a surgeon needs to perform a lot of manipulations, remove not only skin, but also muscles with fat pads.
To minimize the likelihood of postoperative complications, cold is applied to the sutures at the end of blepharoplasty. This helps reduce post-surgery discomfort and reduces the risk of swelling or bruising.
Immediately after the operation, you can relax in a comfortable room for 3-4 hours. During this time, you will be under the supervision of a nurse. She will be able to help you in case of need, for example, to apply ice to the seams or bring warm tea.
Subsequently, the plastic surgeon will consult with you. He will assess your condition and set a date for a new visit to the clinic. As a rule, after 7-10 days – the terms are determined individually.
The nuances of rehabilitation
The first day after the operation, you need a rest regimen, after which the plastic surgeon will provide you with individual recommendations regarding the care of the area around the eyes. The duration of rehabilitation depends on various factors: comorbidities, the age of the patient, his individual anatomical features, and so on.
Rehabilitation takes 1-2 weeks. When you go home, follow these guidelines:
- Stitches and special stickers are usually removed after 3-7 days. After another 2-3 days, you can start using facial cosmeticsStitches and special stickers are usually removed after 3-7 days. After another 2-3 days, you can start using facial cosmetics.
- After 10 days after blepharoplasty, it is allowed to work at the computer, however, after every 60 minutes, breaks of 10 minutes should be taken. This is to minimize eye strain.
- In the first 2 weeks after removing the stitches, try not to be under the sun. When going out, wear sunglasses regardless of the time of year.
- Within 15 days after the operation, it is undesirable to engage in physical exercises, including water sports.
For 1-1.5 months after the operation it is forbidden:
- Go to baths and saunas, because steam has a negative effect on postoperative scars.
- Intensive sunbathing, for example, on the beaches or in the solarium. Ultraviolet radiation harms the skin, as it has not yet fully recovered.
- Swim in open water because bacteria can enter through the wound. This increases the risk of infection.
As a rule, you can evaluate the changes yourself 1.5-2 months after the operation. The final result of blepharoplasty is noticeable after six months.
Why you should entrust blepharoplasty to specialists from Eximer
Blepharoplasty in our medical center is carried out by experienced plastic ophthalmologists who specialize in operations in the eye area and around them.
We have modern equipment installed – cyberknife, microscopes, and so on. An assistant assists the surgeon during the operation. Our specialists will accompany you at all stages, from consultations with doctors to the postoperative period.
Eximer specialists regularly attend Ukrainian and foreign trainings, exhibitions, conferences, and also take various cadaver courses. That is, doctors are constantly improving their skills, gaining new experience. Thanks to this, you can count on the excellent results of a successful blepharoplasty.