What Is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery or eye lift, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed during the Covid-19 period.
This surgical procedure involves cutting along the creases of your eyelids to remove excess skin and muscle. It also reduces or repositions the excess underlying fat.
An eye lift is effective in treating eye bags and drooping eyelids. However, it is useless against dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet, fine lines, or wrinkles.
The surgery is planned according to the needs of each patient. It can be done on the upper or lower eyelids, or you could get double eyelid surgery too. This should give you a fresh look and a more alert appearance.
Besides, blepharoplasty can be performed in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift or traditional facelift, to rejuvenate all your facial features.
An eyelift usually takes up to 2 hours if both upper and lower eyelids are done together. It can be done under local anaesthetic plus IV sedation. Hospitalization is not necessary.
Whichever is your case, eyelid surgery requires a plastic surgeon with wide experience. For the entire face to look harmonious and beautiful, the eyelids need to be balanced with the rest of the face. Here is where good plastic surgeons stand out, or better said, oculoplastic surgeons.
For some patients, blepharoplasty results may last a lifetime. For others, upper eyelid surgery is good for nearly 5-7 years. Lower eyelid surgery usually doesn’t need to be repeated. But remember that your eyes will still age after the surgery!
Before The Surgery
Before choosing to have a blepharoplasty, you have to meet with the plastic surgeon and an eye specialist (ophthalmologist). Or, in any case, a plastic surgeon who specializes in eye surgeries (oculoplastic surgeon) to discuss your case.
They will take a look at your medical history. Also, a physical examination is mandatory. Your surgeon will verify your tear production and measure parts of your eyelids.
Additionally, some insurance carriers require the submission of a visual examination.
Your eye doctor will examine your vision, including your peripheral vision. This could be required to support an insurance claim and to approve blepharoplasty as a medically indicated procedure.
Your cosmetic surgeon most likely will take before and after photographs from different angles. These photos help planning out the surgery. Also, they are used to have an honest preview of the possible outcomes considering your goals and expectations.
Your surgeon will discuss with you both the risks and benefits. He is responsible for answering every question you may have before making this important decision. After all, blepharoplasty is not for everyone!
This consultation is also important to give preoperative recommendations. For example, it is best to avoid smoking, take alcohol, aspirin, blood thinners, or ibuprofen-like medications several days prior to the surgery.
These medications could increase the risk of bleeding and slow down the wound healing process. In the case of patients who cannot quit smoking completely, at least they should cut down on tobacco use.
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Doctor Jesús Benito: Bibliography and Publications:
Rejuvenecimiento periorbitario (blefaro y actuación en pómulo mediante injertos de tejido adiposo o lifting de tercio medio). Dr. Jesús Benito Ruiz. III Simposium Internacional de Cirugía Plástica, reconstructiva y Estética. Guayaquil, 9-10 de octubre de 2013.
Refinements in Upper Blepharoplasty: The Five-Step Technique. Rohrich RJ, Villanueva NL, Afrooz PN.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018
Blepharoplasty: Anatomy, Planning, Techniques, and Safety. Alghoul M.Aesthet Surg J. 2019
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