Upper lid blepharoplasty is only one of the many procedures offered by Dr. Zaydon’s facial plastic surgery in Miami. It is a facial plastic surgery procedure that reconstructs the upper eyelids. It is done not just for cosmetic purposes, but also for functional reasons.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, upper lid blepharoplasty is a popular and in-demand procedure because the eyes are central features of the face that convey expressions and communicate feelings. However, for some patients, the eyelids can be flawed with extra skin or fat, medically termed as dermatochalasis or steatoblepharon, which may impact vision (function) and appearance (cosmetic). Thus, some turn to plastic surgery to correct this problem.
Who Can Benefit the Most from Upper Lid Blepharoplasty?
Patients with drooping, sagging and tired-looking eyes are ideal candidates for upper lid blepharoplasty if these flaws interfere with their daily activities, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The procedure may also be good for people with loose skin on the upper eyelids, which impairs vision.
Individuals who often appear puffy around the eyes or have heavy eyebags may consider this procedure to improve their appearance. However, the patient will have to be medically evaluated before undergoing the procedure.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, those with good health and without serious medical conditions that may affect the healing process have higher chances of getting cleared for upper lid blepharoplasty. They must also be non-smokers with a realistic and positive outlook in life.
How to Prepare for Upper Lid Blepharoplasty?
The doctor must first conduct a physical examination of the condition of the eyelids prior to the surgery. Among other things, he will look for excess laxity, eye irritation, presence of dermatitis and down-gaze ptosis, or drooping of the upper eyelids, as well as the symmetry of its position.
In doing his physical examinations, the doctor may mark the spots where the incision will be done or take photos of the eyelids. The extent of the incision depends on the patient’s facial features.
The doctor must also discuss the patient’s health, especially if he’s had experiences with dry eyes and allergies or if he has been diagnosed with diabetes, thyroid issues and glaucoma. The discussion will also cover the patient’s expectations post-surgery. It’s important for the doctor to talk about this at length to prepare the patient well.
At facial plastic surgery, Miami, we advise our patients not to take ibuprofen, aspirin, warfarin or herbal supplements that may induce bleeding, prior to surgery. As much as possible, a patient undergoing facial plastic surgery of any kind has to stop smoking two weeks, or more prior to the operation as this can slow down the healing process.
How Is Upper Lid Blepharoplasty Performed?
After the injection of anesthesia to numb the upper eyelids, the surgeon makes an incision to remove the fat and skin. To remove the droops, the surgeon will perform ptosis surgery that will provide support for the muscles on the eyelids. The cut is stitched back using a thin thread to close the skin together and allow it to heal. As it heals, it creates an eyelid crease that’s tighter and more defined than before.
What Happens Post Surgery?
Upper lid blepharoplasty can be an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient can go home a few hours after the surgery is done. However, while recuperating, the following discomforts may happen, but they only temporary:
- Puffy eyes
- Swelling and bruising of the eyes
- Some pain and discomfort
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
For relief, a 10-minute ice pack four times a day will help reduce the swelling. The patient may also wear dark-tinted sunglasses for a few days and avoid touching, or rubbing the eyes. The doctor might prescribe eye drops, or ointments to help with the healing.
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