Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty is a collection of surgical and nonsurgical techniques that aims to enhance the appearance of the lower eyelids, which is performed either for aesthetic modification of the lower eyelid region or for
restoration of the normal appearance and function of the affected eyelid.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty is a safe and highly effective option for you if you have eye bags that make you look older and more tired or if you suffer from natural signs of aging like loss of fat, collagen, and thinning skin.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a wide term referring to eyelid surgery, an effective surgical rejuvenation of the eyelids both upper and lower.
Upper eyelid surgery aims to get rid of excess skin over the eyes, while lower surgery aims to remove puffy, droopy bags under the eyes.
What should I expect from Lower Eyelid surgery?
Although results differ, you should expect to notice an improvement in your under-eye bags, a smoother shift between your eyelids and your cheeks after, and a natural, more youthful look.
What couldn’t Lower Eyelid surgery treat?
Blepharoplasty does not address milder signs of aging like dark circles, normal laugh lines, and wrinkles. These are usually treated with procedures like dermal fillers with different types injected to fill any hollowness in the lower eyelid or lighten up dark circles under the eyes.
Neurotoxin and Laser skin treatments are useful for softening the wrinkles under the eyes.
What is meant by customized eyelid surgery?
First of all, you have to know that everyone’s eyelid surgery is different, for example, there are no two lower eyelid surgeries the same.
Your eyelid surgery will be customized according to your goals to obtain the best outcomes.
So it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon with high skill and familiarity with this procedure who understands what the ‘ideal eye’ looks like, eyelid function, and architecture while considering age, gender, and your face’s impression.
Why should I perform Blepharoplasty?
This procedure is a good option for you if you are suffering from:
- Excess skin in the upper eyelids or droopy upper eyelids partially block peripheral vision.
- Excess skin or bags under your eyes which make you look older and exhausted.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty steps
Once you set your goals and decided to perform this procedure you would go through the following steps:
Choose the best plastic surgeon
Eyelid surgeries are a group of serious cosmetic procedures, so once you decide to go ahead it’s important to review everything about it. The first and most important step is to choose the best plastic surgeon who is considered to be the cornerstone for the success of the surgery.
How do I choose the best surgeon?
Deeply search for a highly certified person who possesses an acceptable number of years of experience performing plastic surgeries and it’s better who specializes in eyelid plastic surgery (oculoplastic surgeon) to ensure that he is highly skilled in conducting a Blepharoplasty.
Dr. Ali Gaber in addition to the number of successfully performed procedures, is always up to date with all new aesthetic plastic surgery techniques aiming for rejuvenating your look.
After you rightly choose the best plastic surgeon he would discuss the following with you:
Your medical history
- Previous surgeries you have performed.
- Any past or current health conditions you suffered from like allergies, circulatory problems, hypertension, thyroid problems, and diabetes.
- Any eye-related health problems like dry eyes, or glaucoma.
- The current medication you chronically used includes illegal drugs.
- Alcohol, or tobacco use.
The discussion with your surgeon will also involve the goals you have set, and what you think the surgery will help. Your surgeon will discuss with you whether the surgery is likely to work reasonably for you, and what realistic outcomes you would likely obtain.
During the planning step eyelid photography or photos are taken from different angles of your eye to customize the procedure to better fit you.
Do I need an eye examination before eyelid surgery?
Before performing either lower or upper eyelid surgery, you should have a complete eye examination including tear production testing and measuring parts of your eyelids.
In addition, visual field testing is performed to see blind spots in the corners of your eyes, which is known as (peripheral vision), this examination is more common in upper eyelid surgery which is sometimes essential to support an insurance claim.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty is considered a minor surgery that is usually performed in the surgeon’s clinic or outpatient facility under either local anesthesia with intravenous se, tion or general anesthesia. Be sure that your surgeon will suggest the best choice for you.
Excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed and excess fat is either repositioned or removed through an incision performed.
In eyelid surgeries, incision lines are performed within the natural lines of the eye region which makes the scar less noticeable. For example, the lower eyelid incision is performed just below the lower lash line.
A transconjunctival incision is an alternate technique for lower eyelid conditions where the incision is performed on the inside of the lower eyelid, with this technique excess fat is removed or redistributed but not suitable for skin removal.
The recovery step
Just after surgery, you would spend time in a recovery room to be closely monitored for any complications you would spend the night and return home the day after the surgery.
After the procedure, you might temporarily feel:
- Blurred vision or double vision.
- Watering eyes.
- Light sensitivity.
- Swelling, numbness, and bruising eyelids.
- Pain or discomfort.
Surgeon instructions for the recovery period
Your surgeon would give you different instructions that help you to recover faster like:
- Use ice packs on your eyes for about 10 minutes 4 to 5 times throughout the day to reduce swelling.
- Use prescribed eye drops or ointments in time.
- Raise your head while you sleep for a few days.
- Protect the skin of the eye region from sun and wind.
- Control the pain using paracetamol.
- Any strenuous activities for a week like heavy lifting, swimming, or aerobics.
- Rubbing your eyes.
- Wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks.
- Controlling the pain using aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, since they might increase bleeding risk.
It takes from one to two weeks for a complete recovery and then you would notice the results. Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty can raise your self-esteem and make you feel younger and more rested, for most cases, surgery results may last a lifetime.
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