Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
A blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that repairs droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat.
As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes.
Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
Often , the eyes are the feature in the face that can best identify an individual’s age. Our eyelids are home to the thinnest, most delicate skin on our bodies, so it’s no surprise that signs of aging will begin to appear around our eyes earlier than in most other areas. Cosmetic eyelid surgery aims to counteract these changes in order to achieve a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance around the eye area.
Mr Golchin will initially ask you to express your concerns about your appearance and to discuss your wishes & expectations. He will help you to decide whether to have cosmetic surgery on all four eyelids or just the upper or lower ones.
You will be asked about your medical history and a physical examination will be conducted. You will be given an individually tailored skin care program to optimise your skins’ condition in preparation for Eyelid surgery. You may be required to visit your eye doctor and/or GP for a pre-operative check up & for any necessary blood work & x-rays.
Concise preoperative instructions are provided, and all necessary prescriptions are given to you in advance of your Eye lift surgery. You will be provided with a complete list of which medications you must avoid.
For the first one to two hours you will be under the care of the medical staff in the recovery room where cold compresses are applied to minimize swelling.
Then when you are fully alert, you will be able to return home in the care of a friend or a family member. You will be advised to keep your head elevated for several days and to continue to use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. Pain medication is prescribed, for the first day although it is usually not necessary.
Eye ointment is prescribed for at night and eye drops for during the daytime for dry eyes, until the symptoms resolve. Some patients may experience some blurred vision, tearing or irritation for several days after Eyelift surgery, and the eyes may get fatigued more easily during this time. In most cases the bruising resolves after the first week.
The stitches are removed five to seven days post surgery and the incisions may remain pink for a short period of time. This can be concealed by makeup after the stitches are removed. This will fade and become inconspicuous in six to eight weeks. Most patients are happy to return to work and social activities after one week.
Heavy physical exercise should be avoided for three weeks following cosmetic eyelid surgery.