Eyelid surgery is an effective way to rejuvenate visually . The skin of the eyelids and around the eyes has a minimal amount of fatty tissue and is extremely thin – therefore, with age, it quickly sags and stretches, making our eyes look sad and tired. Drooping of upper eyelids or the so-called bags under the eyes in the case of the lower eyelids are very noticeable effects of aging.
Patients struggling with this type of problem can opt for a treatment that will phenomenally rejuvenate the face and restore the youthful glow to the look – the so-called blepharoplasty: eyelid correction. It enables the surgical improvement of the appearance, and thus rejuvenation of the eye area.
Excess wrinkling, loose skin on the upper eyelids is also a problem when it limits the field of vision – in this case, its removal is a pro-health intervention, not just an aesthetic one. However, in the case of lower eyelids – with deepened, so-called valley of tears or visible bags – the goal of surgical intervention is to improve the appearance.
The causes of upper eyelid drooping include:
Dropping of the lower eyelids is associated with:
They can also be affected by environmental factors such as working in poor lighting or prolonged computer use.
The contraindications for blepharoplasty are:
The treatment is preceded by a consultation with a doctor, during which he conducts a medical interview with the patient and discusses his expectations as well as the plan and scope of the procedure. Schedule an operation and discusses post-operative care.
In order for the procedure to be performed, the following tests should be performed:
The doctor may also order additional individual tests during the consultation.
One month before the operation, you should give up smoking – to avoid the risk of healing disorders or potential infection. For about 2 weeks before the procedure, you should not take medications containing salicylic acid (anti-inflammatory and analgesic, e.g. aspirin, polopyrin), ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc., because they prolong blood clotting time, which increases the risk of bleeding during the procedure.
Eyelid surgery is performed under local or short-term intravenous anesthesia. In the case of upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made in the eyelid fold – thanks to which the scar will remain invisible when the eyes are open (after a few weeks it will fade and become practically imperceptible). The surgeon removes the redundant skin fragment and any excess fat.
In the case of correction performed within the lower eyelid, the incision is made under the lash line. The undesirable part of the skin is cut out, then the doctor models the orbital fat and corrects the position of the circular muscle of the eye, and then gently sutures. Depending on the extent and complexity of the defect, the procedure may take from 45 minutes to 2 hours. The patient may leave the clinic a few hours after the procedure.
After the procedure, you should follow the previous arrangements with your doctor – who will recommend cooling compresses and, in the case of lower eyelid correction, a gentle massage. The wound is treated with an antibiotic ointment and a preparation ensuring optimal scar healing and aesthetics (with ceramides and fatty acids).
You may feel a little pain that does not usually require painkillers. One effect that should be taken into account is temporary bruising and swelling of the eyelids and the area around the eyes.
The sutures are removed 4-5 days after the procedure, while you can usually return to work after 7-10 days in the case of plastic surgery of the upper eyelid and after two weeks in the case of the lower eyelid. The final effect can usually be assessed after 3–6 months, depending on the scope of the procedure.
Eyelid surgery is a procedure performed in our clinic by experienced specialists – plastic surgeons for whom work is a true passion. We cordially invite you to consultations.