Blepharoplasty is a form of surgery which helps in repairing the droopy form of eyelids and it also involves removal of any form of extra skin, fat and muscle. With growing age, the eyelids stretch and the muscles which provide support to them start weakening. As a result, excess amount of fat might accumulate below and above the eyelids which cause sagging of eyebrows, baggy eyes and also droopy upper eyelids. It not only makes people look older but when the sagging of skin tends to be excessive, it can actually reduce side vision. Blepharoplasty can easily reduce and eliminate all of these problems related to vision and thus can make the eyes look younger and also more alert.
How to Prepare?
Right before the process of blepharoplasty is started, there are various things that need to be discussed.
- Medical history: The doctor will be checking any past medical condition and will also be checking the present conditions like glaucoma, dry eyes, circulatory problems, allergies, diabetes and many others.
- Expectations: The doctor will be asking about the expectation of the patient and what are they expecting as the outcome.
Before the Process
It is usually carried out in outpatient setting. The surgeon will be injecting medication for numbing the eyelids and will also administer intravenous medicines for helping the patient to relax.
If the surgery is going to happen on the upper and lower eyelids, the upper eyelids will be worked upon first. The surgeon cuts along the eyelid fold and removes any form of excess muscle, skin or fat and then the cut is closed. While operating on the lower lid, a cut is made below the lashes inside the lower eyelid. The excess fat or skin is either removed or redistributed.
After the Procedure
The doctor will be suggesting various measures for speeding up the recovery process.
- Using ice packs for a time period of 10 minutes after one hour every day.
- Using eyedrops.
- Avoiding heavy lifting and straining.
- Avoiding rubbing of eyes.
- Applying cool compress for reducing swelling around the eyes.
- Not using contact lenses.
The recovery process is quite fast and the patient can return to normal routine after a few days.