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Flaccid and saggy eyelids affect appearance and hinder your vision. The deposition of fat over time results in bags beneath your eyes. Excess skin and wrinkles cause vision problems. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is the solution to all such common problems. Removing the excess fat or skin from eyelids not only improves your visual functions but paves the way for a youthful physical appearance. This wonderful surgery imbues new life and vitality to the area around the eyes, thereby rekindling the youthful vigour in your life.
There are two types of eye surgery –
Lower eyelid surgery deals with the excess fat build-up underneath the eyes. Upper eyelid surgery deals with the puffiness and drooping upper eyelid that can even impairs your vision.
Local anaesthesia with IV or oral sedation is sufficient if eyelid surgery is performed as a standalone procedure. At times, eyelid surgery is combined with other facial surgeries. In that case, general anaesthesia is usually administered to the patient.
In the case of lower eyelid surgery, small incisions are made directly under the lashes and at times within the inner lining of the eyelid. This approach enables the surgeon to work on the eyelids without visible incision marks. To improve upon sagging and wrinkles, sometimes laser skin resurfacing is also used.
In the case of upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made on the upper eyelid to remove the excess fat or skin.
Eyelid surgery takes about one to two hours on average when it is performed as a standalone procedure. Since all the surgical cuts are very small, they remain hidden within the eyelids or eyelashes. Therefore, scar marks are rare and the surgery does not involve many complications.
Preparations before the treatment
You must consult an expert surgeon for this delicate surgical procedure. Eyelid surgery should be performed in a certified surgical centre, facility or hospital. The surgeon would require your medical history and current medications that you’re currently taking. You need to be candid with your doctor and disclose to him your underlying diseases or conditions. You must also inform him if you have any addiction to smoking or alcohol. Certain medications taken with supplements may cause health complications. You must disclose this to your surgeon.
Your surgeon will discuss the type of anaesthesia he wants to administer to you depending upon the type of surgery. Before the surgery, it’s imperative to have a candid discussion with the doctor regarding the potential risks and complications from such surgeries. You must obediently follow his instructions. The surgeon will suggest you to halt your intake of supplements and drugs that increase the risk of bruising and post-op bleeding.
The patient must be completely aware of the benefits and potential complications arising out of eyelid surgery. Although the risks are negligible, a patient might encounter bleeding, dryness, excessive sensitivity to bright lights, swelling, lid lag, scar marks, pain, etc.
On the first day of the operation, you might feel a little swelling and bruising. But with the help of cold compresses and gel packs alleviate the discomfort to a large extent. At times, the surgeon uses a thin gauze strip over the incision that is removed after some days. Self-absorbing stitches are preferred by the surgeons. This eliminates the hassle of removing them.
The recovery time depends on the type of surgery performed. The results of eye surgeries are mostly favourable since the effects are long-lasting. The stitches are removed after a week. Generally, the time for recovery is minimal for eye surgery, around one to two weeks. The complications diminish after that time, and you can go back to your daily routine.
Eyelid surgery requires the very best of hands. Contourshyd, a plastic and aesthetic surgical centre in Hyderabad, houses the best of surgeons, and they are equipped with the latest medical instruments providing the best of services in eyelid surgery and almost all other cosmetic surgeries.
For standalone eyelid surgery procedures, the cost can range between INR 1,00,000 to INR 2,00,000 depending on the type, the medical institution, and the procedure used.
All healthy adults, generally over 35 years of age, with droopy and puffy eyelids can opt for eyelid surgery. A candidate must have realistic expectations and be fully aware of the risks and rewards of such surgery.
Eyelid surgery usually takes around 1–4 hours.
It is considered a safe procedure. However, risks are always attached to any kind of surgery. A patient might experience immediate bruising and swelling, followed by extreme sensitivity and dryness of eyes, difficulty in closing eyes, infection, lid lag, pain, and even change in vision.
The immediate bruising and swelling diminish within 10-14days. After two weeks, you can resume your normal routine.
The results are long-standing for most patients. In some very rare cases, eyelids may turn saggy again requiring another surgery.
Loss of vision is an extremely rare case to say the least. Patients have complained of blurry vision post-operation, but that is a temporary phenomenon. If a blurry vision persists, then you should definitely consult a doctor.
Yes! Most of them are performed on an outpatient basis. However, in some cases, patients are requested to stay for a night if and when there are more than expected complications.
There is no right age for such surgery. People who have genetic disorders with their eyelids opt for surgery when they cross 30. Generally, as you age, droopy eyelids and fat deposition occur. So, many patients opting for this surgery are above 50.
Yes! Eyelid surgeries are often combined with aesthetic facial procedures such as Botox, brow lift or laser resurfacing procedures. Combined surgical procedure packages reduce your costs also.
The immediate effects can be allayed using lubricant gels and cold compresses. After that, medications are prescribed to you if discomfort persists. But the healing process is fast, and it does not become a problem generally.