Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery to remove the fat, skin, and muscle accumulated in both lower lids and upper lids. This operation is made especially for aesthetic purposes but sometimes it could be made for more functional reasons.
As everyone knows, eyes give the most realistic sign of our age. Our eyelids could become droopy, bags could start to appear under our eyes, the eye skin could lose its elasticity and all of these changes help our appearance look older and tired.
Thanks to improved plastic surgery again, there are many successful eyelid operations that remove all of those old and tired looks and provide a new, younger and energetic appearance to our eyes.
In this article, we are going to find answers to your questions about this magical operation.
Before the operation
Am I a good candidate for this operation?
In order to understand your suitability, you should visit your surgeon first and tell him/her all of your background medical story, your harmful habits, your daily medicines, your eye health condition and of course your exact expectations from the operation. To give an idea, the one who is older than 35, younger than 70, has a good general state of health, doesn’t have hypertension, high eye pressure, thyroid disease or eye dryness and doesn’t smoke is the best candidate for this operation. Your surgeon will tell you if you need any preparation before the operation to become more suitable for the blepharoplasty surgery.
How much should blepharoplasty surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty surgery costs starting from € 1,200 but it depends on the scope of the operation. You may have the only upper lid or only lower lid operation, you may have only fat removal if your skin is already stretch and will not be sagging or you may only need to lift your eyelids without any fat or muscle extraction. These options affect the level of the blepharoplasty cost. The most important thing that you should make no concessions on quality by focusing on the lowest price. You need to think that you would have this operation at the hands of a well-experienced surgeon and a fully equipped clinic.
During the operation
Can blepharoplasty surgery be done under local anesthesia?
Although this operation is sometimes performed using general anesthesia, it is often performed under local anesthesia.
How is blepharoplasty performed?
A Blepharoplasty surgery lasts 1-3 hours. The surgeon uses thin surgical incision on the natural line of the lids and of the roots of upper eyelashes. Then these cuts are used to remove the excess fats and/or muscles. In order to provide the tightness of the skin surrounding this fat and muscles, surgeons straighten the skin and close the incisions with the little sutures. If you have the operation for all 4 eyelids together, the surgeon will start with the upper ones.
Does blepharoplasty hurt, leave scars? Is it painful? Or safe?
These are the most asked questions about this operation. Because of the sensitivity of the eyes and supraorbital, the risks could be thinking more than other plastic surgeries. In fact, this is one of the easier operations for the surgeon. Except for the general surgical complications and risks, there is not so much risky situation facing within this operation. The patient does not feel any pain during the operation. There will be no scars on the eyes, the sutures are too small to appear.
Will blepharoplasty get rid of wrinkles?
Although there are many other standalone techniques such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, blepharoplasty surgery is one of the options to get rid of the lower eyelid wrinkles by using these techniques during the operation.
Does blepharoplasty last forever or can be done twice?
If you have one blepharoplasty surgery for 4 eyelids and get rid of the excess fats, droopy look, and the upper lid bags, you will not need to have another operation for correcting the same deformities. However, blepharoplasty cannot, of course, stop the aging, therefore if you have a new droopiness or under-eye bags problem, you may have another operation.
After the operation
Does blepharoplasty surgery make eyes smaller?
No, there will be no difference in your normal, natural eye shape. However, after the operation, as a result of getting rid of the excess skin on the eyelids, you will face with the changed appearance of your eyes. This causes misunderstanding the change of the shape in the beginning, but do not worry about it, this is just your former fresh look.
Can blepharoplasty surgery cause dry eyes or affect vision?
After the surgery, your surgeon will take precautions to avoid dryness, to decrease the swelling and to stop the pain you may have. In a couple of days, your vision may differ because of the surgery but it is becoming to the normal quickly by following the recovery instructions and advises. There will be bandages covering the eyelids when the process is over, but this bands will not interrupt your vision.
How long is the recovery period and what are the actions to be taken after the operation?
After the operation, cold compresses will be applied around the eyelids in order to control post-procedural ocular movements. Sometimes swelling and bruising can occur around the eye despite this cold application. Starting from day 3, swellings and bruises start to decrease visibly. You may also have some little burning sensation around the eyes, these kinds of complaints can be easily eliminated with the simple painkillers. From the third day, edema around the eye starts to decrease and you may start your daily lighter activities. On the 5th day after the procedure, the sutures around the eye are removed by your surgeon and you may start to wash the eye area and apply moisturizer to the eyelids. When the tapes and sutures around the eye are taken, the purple color transforms into yellow which is a sign of recovery. Yellow color can be easily hidden with light makeup until it will completely disappear. For about 6 weeks after the operation, you should avoid the heavy sports and some applications which increase the edema such as solarium, sauna, sunbath, etc. In order to avoid the negative effects of the sun, you need to wear your sunglasses.