What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Plastic Surgery)?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid plastic surgery, refers to the surgical procedures performed by a plastic surgeon on the lower and upper eyelid, with intent to remove sagging skin and excess muscle tissues, and to tighten the tissues in the eye contour area.
Are you a suitable candidate for upper blepharoplasty?
* If your upper eyelids cover your eyelashes,
* If you have swelling in the parts of your upper eyelids close to the nose, you may be a suitable candidate for upper blepharoplasty.
Are you a suitable candidate for lower blepharoplasty?
If you have a considerable degree of under-eye bag formation, you may be a suitable candidate for lower blepharoplasty. In case of mild under-eye bag formation, it is possible to camouflage the groove under the bag by using under-eye light fillers.
People with thyroid-related active eye problems or uncontrollable eye dryness may not be suitable candidates for this surgical procedure.
Blepharoplasty is mostly performed on individuals over 35 years of age, because the signs of aging begin to appear on the eyelids often after these ages. However, anyone with a medical need can have blepharoplasty at any age. This surgery is as popular among men as it is among women. Blepharoplasty cannot stop the ongoing aging of the eyelids; but its effect lasts for 7 to 8 years. After the surgery, the tired facial appearance of the person leaves its place to a lively and calm appearance.
Drugs that may increase the bleeding tendency during surgery, such as aspirin and antibiotics, should be discontinued at least 15 days before the operation. The use of cigarettes and other tobacco products should also be stopped 2-3 weeks before the operation. Otherwise, wound healing will be delayed. Herbal supplements should not be used during this period, as they may have unexpected effects.
Surgical process of upper blepharoplasty
Upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid aesthetics) is a simple and procedure that can be performed within a short time under local anesthesia. In a word, upper blepharoplasty or the procedure intended to correct droopy eyelids is the process of removing excess skin and muscle tissues from the upper eyelid. The incision is made on the fold line of the eyelid, with intent to hide the surgical scar. When performed in conjunction with the forehead lift and eyebrow lift procedures, it gives better cosmetic results. The sutures are removed 5-7 days after the operation, and the patient can return to work the next week with mild swelling. This procedure can often be performed in conjunction with lower blepharoplasty.
Surgical process of lower blepharoplasty
Lower blepharoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. It is a more complex surgical procedure compared to upper blepharoplasty, and it requires a little bit longer recovery time. It consists of the following steps that may vary depending on the needs:
- Removing the fat inside the under-eye-bag, and using it to fill the groove under under-eye-bag (if needed).
- Tightening the eyelid skin
- Cutting off the excess eyelid skin after tightening it
- Tightening the eyelid itself, in case of loose and droopy eyelids
The sutures are removed 5-7 days after the operation, and the patient can return to work 10 days later with mild swelling.
This procedure can often be performed in conjunction with upper blepharoplasty.
Lower blepharoplasty can also be performed from the inside of the eyelid, using the “transconjunctival” technique that involves no skin incision. The loosened connective tissues are surgically repaired and the fat pads that cause bag formation are reshaped and fixed in their places.
The “transconjunctival” technique is the most comfortable bepharoplasty technique that gives the most healthily results, as it doesn’t leave scars on the skin and allows for a fast healing process. The incision site that is inside the lower lid, next to the eye globe, and the use of microsurgical techniques minimizes the risk of postoperative complications such as conjunctival chemosis and corneal ulcer.
Because of its features listed above, we prefer the transconjunctival technique, in order to enable our valuable patients to achieve better results and to experience a more comfortable recovery period.
Most of patients complete the recovery period within 10 to 14 days after bepharoplasty. However, full recovery may take several months. During the recovery period, some discomforts such as swelling, bruises, irritation, dry eyes, can be experienced but these can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointments. There is also the possibility of irritation at the incision site. It is beneficial to use protective sunscreens and black sunglasses until the completion of the healing process. As the swelling and bruises disappear after bepharoplasty, the final shapes of the eyelids appear, and the face gains a more lively and youthful appearance.
Is the result of the procedure permanent?
If a good technique is used, bepharoplasty gives permanent results.
The price of blepharoplasty operations vary depending on the experience of the surgeon who will perform the procedure, the clinical environment where the operation will be done, and the quality of the materials that will be used in the operation. You can call our clinic to get detailed information and make an appointment.