It refreshes and rejuvenates the look by correcting those traits that contribute to make you look older and tired, such as the “bags” on the lower eyelids and sagging upper eyelids. It removes eyelid puffiness caused by excess of fat inside the eyelids. It improves the sight by trimming down the upper eyelids when they droop too much and interfere with the vision. It doesn’t remove crow’s feet. It doesn’t remove dark circles under the eyes.
Local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia are used. It takes from one to three hours, according to your case.
The surgeon makes the incisions along the natural folds of the eyelids. This way the resulting scars will be disguised. On the upper eyelids the incision is done along its natural folds, and on the lower eyelids it is done just below the eyelashes. In some cases, the incisions extend some millimeters beyond the corners of the eyes. Working through these incisions, two in each upper eyelid and three in each lower eyelid, the surgeon removes the excess of fat that accumulates beneath the skin. He also trims the excess skin of the bags that give the eyes that sagging and tired look. Then he closes the incisions with stitches.
If you have bags but you don’t need to have any skin trimmed, the surgeon may do a transconjuctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure, the incisions are made inside the eyelids and they leave no visible scars, but it is necessary for the skin to be thick, firm and elastic, so it is generally indicated for young patients.
After the surgery there is an about 8 hs recovery. Your degree of pain will be moderate. Your eyelids will be tense and irritated for some days. The surgeon will indicate you to take analgesics every 6 or 8 hours; this will make you feel quite relieved. Eye drops will also help you alleviate the discomfort.
Surgeon will remove the stitches between 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
Swelling & Hematomas are mild and usually take between two weeks and a month to disappear. They will be at their worst during the first week but, as time goes by, they will slowly disappear. Cold compresses will help reduce the bruises and swelling. You will have to sleep with your head elevated for a few days.
You will have to rest at the hotel for 24 hours. You may be able to go back to work, and to have fun as you used to, on the third or fourth day after the surgery. At first, your eyes may be too dry, and you may experience irritation or itching. You may temporarily have double or blurred vision But don’t worry, it’s quite normal. For some days or weeks after the surgery, your eyes will be very sensitive to the light, or they may be quite watery.
For about two weeks, you will not be able to wear your contacts and, after that period, once you begin wearing them again, you may not feel them as comfortable as before until you become used to them again.
Your eyes will look fresher and more suggestive and sensuous. Your face will look much more relaxed and young. You will be able to appreciate the results after a few weeks, and they are usually permanent. The scars will become almost invisible after a few months.