What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is a procedure applied to beautify the appearance of the eyelids. It is used for the elimination of sagging, wrinkles, bagging and similar problems in the eyelids caused by different reasons. In addition, it can be made for aesthetic purposes. This can be done in the lower or upper eyelid, both eyelids can be treated together. So your eyes will have a flawless outlook.
Stages of Upper Eyelid Surgery
Generally, local anesthesia is applied during the procedure in line with the patient’s condition. In some cases, sedative anesthesia may be used. While the patient is completely unconscious in general anesthesia, the patient is awake in local anesthesia and there is numbness only in the area where the operation is performed. In sedative anesthesia, the patient sleeps.
With micro-incision procedures, the natural curves of your eyelids are treated by your doctor. Here excess fat and tissues are taken to tighten them. In the last stage, the incisions are closed.
Stages of Lower Eyelid Surgery
In this process, general anesthesia, sedative anesthesia and local anesthesia options are used. The doctor makes the appropriate choice among them according to the patient’s condition.
The incision is applied in accordance with the process to be applied to the inner parts of the lower lid. The excess fat and tissues are removed and the area is tightened. Finally, the opened incisions are closed and the process is terminated.
What Should Be Considered in Eyelid Surgery?
There are some issues that need to be considered and known in order for this procedure to be successful and to meet the expectations. These are:
- Ask your doctor about what should you expect from the procedure and learn the risks.
- A vision test will be conducted to determine the source of the problem.
- Do not use any medicines other than those prescribed by your doctor.
- Stop smoking 2-3 weeks before surgery.
- Arrange a companion to assist you as you will need help after surgery.
- You will be under anesthesia during the procedure and you will not feel any pain. Be calm and patient at this stage.
You may experience mild pain after surgery, which is perfectly normal. You can get rid of this pain thanks to the medications given by your doctor. You should sleep at a high position in the first days after surgery. Post-operative swelling and bruising will significantly disappear within 2-3 weeks. In order to reduce the swelling around the eyes, you should avoid physical activities for as much as 2 weeks. After 2-3 weeks, your eyelids will heal considerably and have a beautiful appearance.
You can return to work 5-7 days after the operation. Wait for your doctor’s approval to drive. In addition, follow other recommendations given by your doctor. This will shorten the recovery time and will also increase the success rate of the procedure.
What Should I Expect from Eyelid Surgery?
This procedure can be carried out purely for aesthetic purposes as well as for the correction of some vision problems. It can be combined with facelift and brow lift procedures for aesthetic purposes.
You may feel discomfort in your eyes at first. In addition, your eyes will be more sensitive in the early days. Over time, these will improve. The full recovery takes place after 3 months and your expectations are largely met.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid
Is Blepharoplasty a dangerous surgery?
Blepharoplasty, although seen as a simple and small operation, is ultimately a surgical procedure. As in every surgery, there are some complications. But these are not generally dangerous. Infection, bleeding and similar problems are rare. In general, it can be said that this procedure is safe and does not have serious risks.
When are the sutures removed?
Sutures are removed 4-6 days after the operation.
How long does it take to get better?
In general, recovery takes 2 weeks. However, it is necessary to act according to the recommendations given by the doctor and especially to get over the first week without any problem.
When can I wash my face after surgery?
You can wash your face after 5 days, but be careful to wash your eyelids slowly with a handkerchief. At this point, follow the advice of your doctor.
Is there a way to prevent swelling and bruising?
Bruising and swelling are natural results of the surgical procedure and cannot be prevented. After about 2 weeks, bruises and swellings heal greatly. Cold compresses should be applied to the eyelids after surgery to minimize swelling and bruising.
When can I drive again after surgery?
You will be able to drive immediately after the operation, but you should wait 1 day.
Will there be any scars after surgery?
The incisions opened in this procedure are on the curves of the eyelid or inside the eyelid. Therefore, they cannot be seen from outside. In addition, the incisions are extremely small. Therefore, there will be no visible scars from the outside.
When do the scars disappear after blepharoplasty surgery?
The incisions opened during surgery are closed with sutures. It takes 6-12 weeks for the suture marks to pass. At the end of this period, there will be no scars around your eyes.
Where are incisions done in Blepharoplasty surgery?
In the lower blepharoplasty surgery, incision is done in the inner parts of the eye or the lower parts of the eyelashes; while in the upper blepharoplasty operation, an incision is done on the natural curves in the upper region of the eyelid.
When can I get back to work?
If the first 1 week passes well and smoothly, you can return to work.
When can I start exercising after blepharoplasty?
Exercise and physical activities should be avoided in the first week. In the later process, light exercises can be started. Heavy exercises can be started 3 weeks after surgery.
Will a bandage be placed on the eyes after surgery?
No. In this procedure, no bandage is placed on the eyes. Instead, only small patches are attached to the wound sites. These patches can be removed at the end of the following day.
You can examine the successful results closely by comparing the before and after photographs of our patients who have undergone Eyelid surgery in our clinic. These results will help you in your decision-making process.