The sagging and loss of laxity around the eyes due to the natural aging process is often a common concern for many people. It can also result in an angry or sad expression that does not match your demeanour.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of the upper and/ or lower eyelids to give a more refreshed and youthful appearance to the eyes. We find the result can often achieve dramatic differences. It can even improve peripheral vision if any drooping skin on the upper eyes are causing problems with sight.
What happens during eyelid surgery?
When performing eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, we remove skin and a small amount of muscle to reduce hooding in the upper eyelids. In some patients, a small amount of fat is also removed. For lower eyelid surgery, the incisions can be made either inside the eyelids or just below the lower lash line. Skin and soft tissue in the lower eyelids is repositioned to correct under-eye bags or sagging. The incision technique that is going to be used for your surgery will be discussed during your consultation with Dr Laniewski. Eye lid surgery can last between one to three hours. This will vary from patient to patient and what is being done to the eye area.
Does eyelid surgery hurt?
Every effort is made to make sure that eye lid surgery is a comfortable experience for every patient. This means that patients will receive a general anaesthetic between eye lid surgery begins. This means that it is a pain-free experience and it may only be after the procedure that patients wish to take pain relief to cope with the symptoms afterwards.
Is there any scarring from blepharoplasty?
There is very minimal scarring after having eye lid surgery and certainly none that is visible or noticeable to other people. In addition, it will also depend on the incision technique that is used. Any incisions that are made to the upper eye lid will usually appeal along the natural folds of the skin, which means that no one will be able to identify it as a scar.
What I can expect after the surgery?
Right after eye lid surgery, you can expect some swelling around the eye area, as well as some discolouration and bruising. This is normal and this will usually subside after around two weeks to reveal a smoother, better defined eye region and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. if these symptoms are causing you uncomfortableness, you can apply an ice pack or cold compress to the periorbital area. If you start to experience blurry vision after having eye lid surgery, you should not worry. This can sometimes happen and will usually resolve itself after a few days of recovery from surgery.
Some downtime is associated with eye lid surgery. It is normal for most patients to take around one or two weeks off work in order to recover from the initial symptoms of the surgery. But, this will vary from patient to patient as everyone experiences things differently. To make sure that your eyes and new skin is protected after the procedure, it is recommended that you wear tinted sunglasses when it is hot and sunny outside. If you want to wear any makeup on your eyes or put in contact lenses, you should wait around two weeks after your surgery and consult Dr Laniewski for more personal information.
You will be able to appreciate the benefits of eye lid surgery gradually after surgery, with full results visible a few months after having the procedure. You can diminish the appearance of tired eyes and even reverse the signs of aging and improve your eyesight again. The results that you experience from the blepharoplasty procedure typically last around seven to 10 years. You may wish to combine this procedure with a facelift or brow lift to maximise the rejuvenating results.
Who is a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery?
If you are experiencing sagging skin around your eye area that you feel is aging you prematurely and creating tired eye bags, or if you have hooded eye lids that are now affecting your vision, you may be an ideal candidate for eye lid surgery. In addition, you should be in good health, with a healthy weight and regular exercise being part of your routine. Patients should also be non-smokers and generally have no serious eye conditions that would mean the surgery could be a risk. It is important to have realistic expectations when it comes to eye lid surgery too.
If you want to find out more about eye lid surgery or blepharoplasty, you can contact us today to arrange your consultation with Dr Laniewski. Everything can be explained to your prior to surgery.