Eyelid Surgery For Puffy Eyes - Dos And Don’ts Of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift surgery can make a person look several years younger while improving peripheral vision previously blocked by excess skin
A person’s eyes speak volumes, dictating how people view us in daily face-to-face interactions. They help us express our moods and emotions when words fail us. It’s then no surprise that many people want to preserve the beauty of this facial area for as long as they can, making blepharoplasty one of the most sought-after surgical procedures in India.
Let’s take a look at what is an eye lift treatment, its various advantages, and associated risks, and what are some of the Dos and Don’ts of post-treatment care.
What is Blepharoplasty?
As a person ages over time, their eyelid muscles grow weak. This can lead to excess skin above and below the eyelids, droopy upper lids, saggy eyebrows, and bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is a non-invasive surgical treatment that can help get rid of all these problems by removing excess skin from the eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be done at the same time as other procedures such as a brow lift, face-lift, or skin resurfacing.
Advantages Of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty offers long-term results and transforms the look almost instantaneously without any scarring. Some of the blepharoplasty benefits include:
- Improved line of sight and vision
- Enhanced and refreshed appearance of the eye
- The eyes look more alert
- Reducing skin irritation from excess skin folds rubbing together
- Gives a more youthful and rested appearance to the entire face
“A simple blepharoplasty can take years off a face and make the person look 10-20 years younger,” says Dr Debraj Shome, a facial cosmetic surgeon. He is the chief Surgeon and Board certified Diplomate of the American Board Of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, practising at The Esthetic Clinics, India. He is also an international member of ASOPRS. He further adds that under the eye surgical procedure can help you get rid of eye deformities such as:
- Under eye bags
- Under-eye tiredness
- Droopy eyelids
- Crow’s feet
- Puffy eyes
Besides reversing ageing signs, by removing excess skin, blepharoplasty also helps improve side vision (peripheral vision), especially around the upper and outer parts of the visual field.
In the case of blepharoplasty procedures done by inexperienced surgeons, some of the risks include:
- Infection and bleeding
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Difficulty in closing the eyes or other eyelid problems
- Prominent scarring
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin discolouration
- Temporarily blurred vision or loss of eyesight on rare occasions
- Requirement for follow-up surgery
- Blood clots
- Reaction to anesthesia
However, as long as it's done by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, especially one experienced in eye surgeries, there’s no need to stress oneself out.
Post Treatment Care: Dos and Don’ts of Blepharoplasty
- Use ice packs hourly on your eyes for 10 minutes the night after surgery, and 4 - 5 times every hour the following day
- Use prescribed ointments or eye drops
- Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for a few days after surgery
- Apply cool compresses to reduce swelling
- Wear dark sunglasses to protect eyelid skin from sun and wind exposure
- If needed, use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) to reduce pain
- Engage in strenuous activities for a week - no swimming, jogging, heavy lifting or aerobics
- Rub your eyes
- Wear contact lenses for over two weeks
- Take herbal supplements or drugs that can increase bleeding such as aspirin, naproxen sodium (Aleve, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen (Naprosyn), etc.
Over time, as people age, their eyelid muscles weaken causing them to have baggy or droopy upper eyelids, under-eye bags, and excess skin on upper and lower eyelids. These problems not only impact a person’s facial beauty but also partially block peripheral vision. Dr Debraj Shome, a facial cosmetic surgeon, states that blepharoplasty can be a viable solution to such problems, making a person look several years younger.
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