Eyelids surgery

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What is Blepharoplasty?

As you age, your eyelids stretch therefor, excessive fat may gather below or above the eyelids causing droopy upper lids and bags under the eyes. Sagging skin around your eyes can make you look older and even reduce your peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic eye surgery operation that reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excessive skin from the upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty also can improve vision problems and make your eyes look younger. Keep in mind that blepharoplasty doesn’t change the form of the eyes but will help you have a more refreshed and younger look. 

Is Blepharoplasty Dangerous?

It’s completely normal for the eyelids to swell and bruise after the operation. The surface of the eyeball may also swell. These symptoms will subside after 1 or 2 weeks. For almost 2 weeks your eyes might feel dry and could be treated with eye drops or ointments. It’s natural if your sight is a little blurry for a few weeks. If the eyelids become sensitive and red, it’s probabely the wound is opened and may become infectious and spread to the whole eyelid. If this happens, contact the hospital immediately so that the doctors can control the infection by antibiotics. Bleeding after the blepharoplasty operation is often very little and will stop after a short while. If the bleeding continues, contact the hospital immediately to get treatment because severe bleeding around or behind the eye can damage the vision but it’s very rare. In another rare case, during the operation too much skin is removed and the patient has trouble closing the eye, in this case the skin must be replaced to correct it or in case any excessive skin remains another surgery must be done. 

When is Blepharoplasty Needed?

Usually people get their eyelids lifted for one of these reasons:

  • To treat the bags under their eyes
  • Droopy and saggy eyelids
  • Excessive skin or wrinkles under their eyes
  • Their eyelids make them look older
  • To improve their vision

Blepharoplasty Procedure

Blepharoplasty is done under either general or local anesthesia. Depending on the patient, it can be done on the upper or lower eyelids or both. Blepharoplasty procedure includes the steps:

  • The incision
  • Removing excessive skin, removing\relocating fat and muscle
  • Tightening muscles
  • Closing the incision

If the incisions are made using a laser, the procedure is called 'laser blepharoplasty' which reduces the risk of scarring. This method is less painful and bruises less but causes more swelling. 

Non-surgical Blepharoplasty

Non-surgical blepharoplasty or plasma therapy uses PlexR. PlexR is a device that forms plasma to sublimate the excess skin. Its energy is delivered only to superficial skin cells without affecting deeper tissues. This method is also called dynamic blepharoplasty because during the procedure the patients are asked to open\close their eyes to enable the doctor detect the wrinkles that need to be treated it also enables patients to follow the procedure. This method almost has no side effects and according to surveys all of the patients are fully satisfied with the results.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty

At the end of the eyelid surgery, ointments will be applied on the incisions and the stitches. Your eyelids may have pain and feel stretched which is usually mild and will become better by using ordinary painkillers. Contact your doctor if you have severe pain or if your vision is reduced. Using cold compresses for a few days after the surgery will help control the bruising and the swelling. Usually the eyes are most swelled within the first week but the swelling will subside after 2-4 weeks. During the first weeks after the operation, sensitivity to light and transient visual changes such as blurry sight may occur but will pass gradually. In the first 2-3 weeks you need to get checked by the doctor frequently. The stitches are usually removed after 4-7 days after the operation and after the stitches are removed you will look better. Most people will be able to read books or watch TV after 1-2 days. In general, until 2-3 weeks after the operation contact lenses can’t be used, and up to 4 weeks after the operation the eyes are very sensitive to sunshine, wind, and dust and it is better to use big sunglasses and sunscreen. You should limit your activities for the first 4-5 days after the surgery and rest as much as possible.

Blepharoplasty in Iran

After rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty is the most common cosmetic surgery in Iran. Iran enjoys highly experienced surgeons and modern clinics and hospitals. Compared to other countries, the proceedures are more affordable in Iran, as a result Iran is a very good option for blepharoplasty or other cosmetic surgeries. If you have chosen Iran for your blepharoplasty, you can ask for help from MedTourIran specialists.

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