Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Eyelid Surgery Procedure!
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and muscles start to slack; this is often most visible around the eyelids. Read on to find out why our eyelids change with age and discover the procedures that are possible to reduce those signs of ageing.
Why Do Eyes Show Such Clear Signs of Ageing?
When our skin loses elasticity and muscles start to slack, our eyes will accumulate loose skin. This loose skin will collect as a fold in the upper eyelid or a deep crease in the lower eyelid. The severity of this loose skin varies from person to person, so some people may show more signs of ageing around the eyes than other people of the same age. There are also some factors that can speed up the signs of ageing, such as smoking and sun exposure.
The slacking of muscles also causes the eyes to age. When the muscle beneath the eyes start to slack, the fat that functions as a cushion for the eyes will start to protrude forward; this is also referred to as bags under the eyes.
Bags under the eyes can start to appear at a younger age as well, which can be caused by a lack of sleep or a period of prolonged stress. During the course of the day, fluid is distributed throughout the body. However, when we sleep, that fluid tends to settle in areas with loose skin, hence why the eyelids are so prone to signs of ageing early on.
Which Type of Eyelid Surgery Procedure Can Be Used to Reduce Signs of Ageing?
The most common type of procedure used to reduce the signs of ageing around the eyes is the blepharoplasty or eyelid reduction. During this procedure, a cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and protruding fat. By doing so, the patient is left with a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. In addition to that, the patient will also experience less morning swelling of the eyes.
A blepharoplasty may vary from patient to patient. Some patients only need the removal of excess skin, while other patients mainly suffer from protruding fat. There are also patients who need both fat and excess skin removed, so this can have an impact on the type of blepharoplasty you need. For example, patients who only need fat removal from the lower eyelids will need a trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty, a procedure where the fat can be removed from the inside of the lower eyelid, so there is no need for any external incision.
Is Eyelid Surgery Procedure the Same as a Facelift?
No, because eyelid surgery and a facelift are two very different procedures. Even though the facelift can provide similar effects, eyelid surgery focuses on the eyes alone. A facelift is performed by making incisions around the ears, subsequently tightening some of the facial structures to create a more youthful appearance.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Eyelid surgery is usually performed with General anaesthetic however a local anaesthetic may be possible in some cases.
At the start of an eyelid surgery procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will make incisions that follow the natural lines of the eyelids; this is usually the creases of the upper eyelids. By following the natural creases of the eyes, any scarring as a result of the cosmetic procedure will remain hidden.
When the incisions are made, the cosmetic surgeon can continue to remove the excess skin and fat. Patients who have a fat deposit under their lower eyelids with no excess skin can have the fat removed through the inside of the lower eyelid, making the procedure quicker and less invasive.
Dr Lanzer will always provide patients with the lesser invasive option. The comfort and satisfaction of the patient is Dr Lanzer’s first concern, so Dr Lanzer will always discuss your options in great detail before a decision is made.
Can Eyelid Surgery Be Combined with Other Procedures?
Eyelid surgery can be combined with some popular cosmetic procedures, although it does depend on the nature of the procedure. For example, the trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery procedure that can be combined with laser resurfacing, another skin rejuvenation procedure performed by erbium or carbon dioxide laser.
Patients considering multiple procedures for a problem area should discuss their goals with Dr Lanzer. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr Lanzer will be able to provide patients with viable options and provide them with a more youthful and rejuvenated look.
What Should I Take into Account After the Procedure?
Dr Lanzer recommends keeping your head elevated for a couple of days after the procedure; this can be done by sleeping on an extra pillow. By keeping your head elevated, you can reduce any swelling that may have been caused by the eyelid surgery.
In most cases, the cosmetic surgeon will use suture strips to support the eyelids after the procedure. These strips can also be replaced if replacement should be needed.
During the recovery period, patients should also clean their eyes with water to keep dirt away from the treatment area. Dr Lanzer may also prescribe an ointment or eye drops to keep the eyes clean after the procedure.
Sutures used during the procedure are usually removed within 5 days after the eyelid surgery. However, if eyelid surgery was performed on the lower eyelids, Dr Lanzer may recommend the continued use of the suture strips for approximately one week. The presence of the suture strips will support the lower eyelids and help to give the patient a good end result.
Eyelid surgery does not have many side-effects, although most patients experience some swelling and watery eyes. The watery eyes are caused by swelling under the conjunctiva and disappears within a couple of days after the procedure.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person’s experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.