What Is Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery is used to remove fat deposits, drooping and loose skin that accumulate around the upper lids due to aging. Heredity factors and sun damage can speed up these changes. Younger people may decide to undergo this procedure to treat puffiness of the eyes due to congenital excess fatty tissue. For those considering upper lid blepharoplasty, the information provided here will give you an idea of what this surgery is about.
Why is Upper Eyelid Surgery Carried Out?
Upper lid blepharoplasty is designed to improve two common problems; excess skin on the upper lid, puffiness in the middle and inner corner of the upper eyelid due to herniation of fat.
What Are Some of The Benefits of This Surgery?
Upper lid surgery can make a significant difference in the facial appearance, alleviating the look of tiredness and aging. The eyes will look fresher with a more youthful appearance. The results of this surgery can last for many years. Not that the rate of improvement typically varies from person to person.
Who is An Ideal Candidate For The Procedure?
Generally, the best candidates for this type of upper lid blepharoplasty are people who are:
– 18 years old or older.
– In good health physically (don’t have conditions like glaucoma or detached retina).
– Who don’t have high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, or circulatory issues.
– Stable psychologically.
– Understand the outcome of the procedure.
– Desire the correction of droopy, eyelids.
Your surgeon will tell you to keep your expectations for the outcome of the surgery realistic. He or she will do an evaluation to determine if you are free of the above issues that may disqualify you or you meet the criteria.
Before and After
How is Upper Blepharoplasty Performed?
During the procedure an incision is formed in the skin fold. Fatty tissue and excess skin is taken out. The orbital septum and muscles may be tightened, before the incisions are closed cautiously. The outer incisions are hidden in the fold of the upper lids. Much of the surgery is done with a fine electrocautery, which handles any bleeding. After which the treated skin is closed with fine sutures.
What Can You Expect After The Surgery?
After this surgery, the doctor will use an ointment to lubricate your eyes. This will reduce dryness in the affected area. You may experience blurred vision temporarily because of the ointment. The evening after the surgery, you need to rest quietly. Let your head be elevated. Then apply cold compresses to the treated lids. Avoid anything heavier than one ounce for compress.
A small bag containing only a few frozen peas will work. Your blood pressure must be monitored to avoid complications like bleeding that can affect your vision. Although you can be strong almost immediately after the surgery, you should set a limit to whatever activities you engage in.
Interested to know more about Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Lift Surgery or Eye Bags Treatment? Wondering if you are an ideal candidate for these procedures? Schedule a consultation today for your Santa Barbara plastic surgery! Call Dr. Sheffield at our Santa Barbara office (805) 318-3280.