Blepharoplasty

 

What is it?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical technique that allows removing the excess skin and fat accumulated over and under the eyes. With this technique the eye bags and dropping eyelids that give the face a tired, sad and aged appearance can be corrected. 

Who is a good candidate to undergo this intervention?

Although it is an intervention usually associated to mature people, reality shows that also young people, under 35, may choose this intervention when, due to genetic reasons, inherited or other, develop an excessive flaccidity in the eyelids or have a cluster of fat under the eyes that gives them a sad look and makes them look older than they actually are.

What is the intervention about?

Depending on every patient’s features, during the intervention a resection of skin, fat and occasionally excess of muscle is done. We work on the upper and/or lower eyelids also on a case-to-case basis; applying the most appropriate technique on each one.  

The plastic surgeon has to meticulously evaluate each clinic case and minutely comment before the intervention with each patient, making sure they understand the possibilities but also the limitations (possible asymmetries, pathologies that cannot be corrected through blepharoplasty, etc.…)     

Duration, anaesthesia and hospitalization

It is a simple intervention that usually lasts from an hour and a half to three hours.

It is usually done with local anaesthesia and sedation.

Generally it is practiced on an outpatient basis. 

Results

Scars are located in strategic areas so they end up being practically unnoticeable. It is frequent that periocular bruises appear, they could last up to ten to twelve days.

Once one or two days go by, the patient will be able to read and watch TV and will be able to return to normal life in less than a week.

Postoperative recommendations

The most common sensations after surgery are tightness and swelling due to the inflammatory process. The use of collyrium and ointments could cause blurred vision. It is advisable, after the surgery, to sleep with your head a little bit lifted to ease the deflating process. We recommend normal lymphatic drainage massages conducted by qualified professionals

Frequently asked questions about blepharoplasty

Could the eye bags reappear after the intervention?

In the majority of cases, the results of the blepharoplasty are permanent. The eye bags are a result of an excess of periorbital fat; usually when this excess is removed, it does not reappear. 

Can I undergo a blepharoplasty if I have eyesight problems?

There is no problem at all, since blepharoplasty does not intervene in the patient’s eyesight. But any possible problem should be commented with the surgeon.

In case of use of contact lenses, when can we use them again?

Depending on the evolution. Habitually, you should be able to use them again in a couple of weeks time. 

 

 

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