The thinnest skin on our body is at the eyelids. For this reason the earliest signs of aging will be evident at the eyelids. Loose skin and puffy bags are seen at both upper and lower eyelids. The excess fat tissues are evident at the lower eyelid and are visible as fat bags and swelling. All these changes give the patient a tired and sad expression.
In some cases the loose skin on the upper eyelid is even restricting the vision area of the eye. These unwanted, age related changes can be restored by an operation called Blepharoplasty. Although it is a small sized intervention, the results are changing the expression of the face impressively.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and will last for 20-40 minutes, where excess skin and fat tissue will be removed and closed by aesthetic sutures.
After the operation the patient may have black eyes for four days. The patient can take a shower on the second day and may put on make-up on the third day to cover the color changes at the eyes. On the fifth day the stitches will be removed.
No scars will remain visible. The patient will return home right after the procedure.
Upper Eye Lid Surgery
What is upper eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and muscle from both the upper and lower eyelids along with underlying fatty tissue.
Blepharoplasty can improve drooping skin and bagginess.
It can help improve vision in older patients who have hooding of their upper eyelids. It can make a noticeable difference in the appearance of the face by reducing or even removing the appearance of tiredness and old age. Eyes appear fresher and more youthful.
Who is a suitable candidate for facelift surgery?
Any one of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery;
– Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
– Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, perhaps impairing vision.
– A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired.
How long does upper eyelid surgery last?
No guarantee can be given by anyone however, results of this procedure are long lasting. Removal of the fat from the eyelids which is often the cause of puffiness and bags, is permenant and this condition should not recur. Skin however continues to age and laxity together with fine wrinkles of the eyelid area may at some time return.
How is the eyelid procedure performed?
The incision is made in the natural skin fold of the upper eyelids, excess skin and fatty tissue is removed, the muscles and orbital septum (a thin connective tissue membrane) may be tightened and the incisions are carefully closed with fine sutures.
Duration of operation; 15-25 minutes (local anesthesia).
Recommended stay – No overnight stay unless performed in conjunction with multi procedure operation and / nights in Turkey.
What to expect immedaitely after surgery?
Initially, you may feel a tight sensation around the eyes, with minor discomfort that lasts for a day or two. People who have had the procedure are often surprised at how painless eyelid surgery can be. At first the incisions will be red, bumpy and sore, these will eventually sooth out and become almost invisible. Any swelling and bruising usually disappears within 7-10 days (varies from person to person). Vision may be blurred for a few days and your eyes may be sensitive to light. Stitches will be removed at the end of the first week, within another few days cover up make-up can be used to conceal any discolouration.
How long will it be before I can get back to my normal life?
straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative perio however you will be able to resume most of your normal activities in 10 days or less. You should not wear contact lenses for a week or two.
Can eyelid surgery be performed without scar?
Scars are part of the healing process following any operation but with eyelid surgery these are placed within the normal creases and folds of the upper eyelid. Remaining slightly pink – red for 6 months or so they can be concealed with makeup eventually fading to a thin, nearly invisible white line.
The blepharoplasty procedure will not eradicate the wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) nor will it elevate droopy eyebrow. There are other procedures designed for these purposes. Dark circles under the eyes may improve a bit if this is related to large bags, but most often the dark appearance of the lower eyelid skin remains.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can make a remarkable difference in the appearance of the face, alleviating the appearance of tiredness and old age. The eyes appear fresher and more youthful, and these results may last for many years. The degree of improvement varies from patient to patient.