Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that is performed to enhance the appearance of the eyelids. It can be done on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on the patient’s needs and goals. Here’s an overview of the procedure, post-operative care, and anaesthesia used.
The first step is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery. Docto Jose Salvador, had been taking more than 1000 consultations about this procedure in the last years. During the consultation, you will discuss your goals and expectations, and the surgeon will assess your eyelids to determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s preference. Your surgeon will discuss the anaesthesia options with you.
The surgeon will make incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize visible scarring. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is typically made in the upper eyelid crease. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision may be made just below the eyelashes or on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival).
Tissue Removal and/or Repositioning
Excess skin, muscle, and fat may be removed or repositioned to achieve the desired results. This can reduce puffiness, sagging, and wrinkles.
The incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape.
After the procedure, you’ll be monitored in a recovery area for a short time to ensure there are no immediate complications. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which is common after surgery.
It’s essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities for a few days to aid the
Applying cold compresses to the eyes can help reduce swelling and bruising.
Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to manage pain and prevent infection.
You’ll have several follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and remove any sutures.
You may be advised to use lubricating eye drops to prevent dryness and irritation.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Protect your eyes from the sun and UV rays by wearing sunglasses.
Avoid wearing makeup around the eyes until your surgeon gives the green light.
Swelling and Bruising
Swelling and bruising are common after blepharoplasty but will gradually subside. It may take a few weeks to see the full results of the surgery.
It’s important to follow your surgeon’s postoperative care instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and achieve the best possible results.
Anaesthesia for the procedure can be tailored to your specific needs and comfort, and your surgeon will discuss the options and risks with you during the consultation. General anaesthesia is typically used for more extensive procedures or when the patient prefers to be completely unconscious during surgery, while local anaesthesia with sedation is commonly used for less invasive cases. Your surgeon will help you determine the most suitable option based on your individual case and preferences.
Anyway it will be an outpatient procedure.
If you want to learn more details about these surgeries, you can check our website and our blog. For a personalized assessment of your case, we recommend a consultation without any obligation. Phone: 628 893 3420 / 631 685 440
Dr. José Salvador
Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery
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