Hundreds of people undergo eyelid surgery every year. Looking at the latest operations performed, it has become one of the 3 most applied esthetic operations in the world, together with eyelid esthetic (blepharoplasty), rhinoplasty and breast esthetic (mammoplasty). One of the reasons for this increase is how much attention the eyes have received in today’s social life and that they are considered as a prominent focus. It is actually not that difficult to predict this situation! Because in order to communicate with someone we just met, we first look into his eyes, we love and grieve with our eyes. For this reason, it is very important that the eyelids are esthetically pleasing.
People who want to have eyelid esthetic are sometimes the expectation of beauty and the need to get rid of their eyelids that have collapsed, loosened, heavy and lost their esthetic appearance. Dropped eyelids, excessive skin tissue, under-eye bags, under-eye puffs and bruises that weigh on the upper lids and sag especially from the outer parts, which also cover the visual field, cause many problems in humans. Apart from these, it is one of the problems that we often encounter, as it causes us to look old and tired, as well as affecting the vision.
Eyelid operations can be planned in the same or separate sessions only for the upper lids and lower lids. In general, blepharoplasty surgery can be expressed as the removal of excess skin on the eyelids.
The patients return to work after 3 days for office workers, but the bruising and swelling around the eyes should be considered. In terms of health, it is more appropriate for patients in physically demanding work areas to rest for up to 10 days. Patients who follow the healing process in a controlled and systematic manner will preserve the new structures of their eyelids and their health for many years.
How is eyelid aesthetics (blepharoplasty) performed?
In general, anyone over the age of 18 who does not have physical and mental problems can have eyelid esthetic. Factors such as genetics, time and gravity are important factors in the deterioration of the structure of the eyelids. While some individuals look alive and beautiful despite their age, some individuals may experience sagging of the eyelids at an early age due to genetic factors, and bagging under custody. Detailed eye tests should be done to the individual who will undergo eye surgery.
If there is any other discomfort in the eyes during the examination; For example, it should be evaluated whether these, such as dry eye or glaucoma (eye pressure), constitute an obstacle to the detection and operation. In addition, the history of trauma, medications and medical history should be examined in detail.
How is eyelid aesthetics (blepharoplasty) performed?
Blepharoplasty surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation. It is safer for the patient to sleep under general anesthesia and it is more convenient for the doctor when the patient’s cooperation is needed. Since the eyelids are movable tissues, unlike the nose or breast, the surgeon can ask the patient to open and close his eyes, look up and down and check the necessary symmetry settings. Eyelid surgery differs according to the method to be applied, this process takes 1-2 hours.
During the operation, the upper and lower covers can be corrected separately. If there is any ptosis or any valve deformity during the valve esthetics, they should be corrected in the same session. Bottom eyelid operations can be combined with a mid-face lift from time to time. During the operation, it is applied by using natural lines formed by folding the skin on the upper lid for the upper lids, and at the bottom, again using the thin natural lines at the bottom of the eyelashes, or for suitable patients, it is applied from the lower lid inner surface and closed with very fine esthetic stitches, so that no obvious incision marks are left afterwards. It is very unlikely that individuals who form a wound reaction (keloid) may have incision scars, but it is possible to remove them with laser afterwards.
Patients can be discharged on the same day after the operation and bandages are not used on the eyes. Pain condition is very unlikely after or after the operation, individuals with minimal pain may apply to the treatment method with painkillers. Likewise, depending on the individual, itching may occur on the eyelids, swelling and bruising are normal. Intensive ice application should be applied especially in the first 3 days after the operation, treatment should be improved with cream and eye drops. If stitches are used, these stitches can be removed within 10 days. After the operation, the patient can quickly return to his normal life. Since the eyes are not closed in the post-op period, reading, writing, watching television and using a computer are free from the first day without going to extremes.
Patients can generally continue their social life after 3 days. However, taking a break from heavy sports for about 2-3 weeks is a recommended process for patients. Sports activities can be done 2 weeks after the stitches are removed. Contact lenses can be used 10 days after the stitches are removed. The patients return to work after 3 days for office workers, but the bruising and swelling around the eyes should be considered. In terms of health, it is more appropriate for patients in physically demanding work areas to rest for up to 10 days. Patients who follow the healing process in a controlled and systematic manner will preserve the new structures of their eyelids and their health for many years.
What are the risks after eyelid aesthetics (blepharoplasty)?
It is very important to have a command of the anatomy of the eye and its surroundings in order to understand the risks of eyelid esthetic surgeries and afterwards and to prevent them. Eyelids are mobile and delicate structures and at the same time contain important structures for the eyes. They are in a very complex anatomical relationship with many structures in the space (orbita) in which the eyes are located.
When planning valve operations, working with a physician who has knowledge of the anatomical structure and functions of the region, and the intricacies of oculoplastic surgery, whether for aesthetic or health reasons, is the safest method to minimize postoperative risks. Regardless of the operation, preservation of vision is the most important issue.
In addition, the esthetic of the eyelid, preservation of their function, and not leaving any anatomical or functional damage after the procedure are the most important issues. As DOCTOR ZEN CLINIC, we are one of the few oculoplastic surgery clinics that will prevent you from having unpleasant days after valve operations with more than 20+ years of experience in this field and thousands of cases.
Can eyelid surgery (correction) be done for the second time?
An individual who has had eyelid surgery before may have to intervene again after a certain period of time. Such situations may be caused by many reasons such as excessive skin tissue, insufficient tissue removal, not properly adjusting the placement of fat packs, incomplete shaping of muscle tissue, and even inability to replace herniated tear glands outward. However, regardless of the reason, re-intervention on the eyelids may vary according to the eyelid structure of the patient. For more detailed information about eyelid surgery, you can contact our DOCTOR ZEN CLINIC Expert Health Consultants.
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